Explosion Stops Operations at Libya's Al-Sarir Oil Field

An explosion at a pipeline carrying crude oil from Libya’s largest oil field to Tobruk’s Hariga port halted operations on February 14. Al-Sarir oil field, managed by Libya’s state-owned Arabian Gulf Oil Company, was reportedly the country’s highest-producing oil field, producing up to 200,000 barrels per day.

This follows reports that say Libya’s oil production dropped to 350,000 barrels per day in recent months in comparison to 1.6 million before the 2011 uprising.

The explosion at the al-Sarir oil field followed recent attacks on nearby Makruk and Bahi fields, and a separate violent attack by militants linked to the Islamic State that left eleven people dead. Credit: Facebook/Waha Oil Company Dahra Field