Force majeure lifted at Sharara after deal reached with protesters

Jan 21, 2024 | Libyan actors

On 21 January, the National Oil Corporation (NOC) officially lifted force majeure at Sharara oilfield, with 300,000 bpd coming back online. The NOC has not given any further details, but the protestors who had closed the field said in a statement that they decided to suspend the sit-in after reaching ‘an agreement with the head of the NOC, who pledged to implement our demands, with assurances from the Libyan National Army (LNA) Commander Khalifa Haftar’.

On the same day, Government of National Unity (GNU) Deputy PM Ramadan Abu Janah confirmed that the government has met the protestors’ demands.

On 16 January, the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) declared that, against the backdrop of the threat to close the port of Zawiyya and the Mellitah complex by anti-corruption protestors, the PFG would sys-tematically patrol the Mellitah Complex and its surroundings, ‘to ensure that work there proceeds with the required efficiency.’