TRIPOLI, April 11 Barely a day after Libya's
National Oil Corp (NOC) lifted force majeure at Hariga port, two
refiners are already preparing to pick up Sarir crude from
storage over the next two weeks, trading and shipping sources
said on Friday.
The Aegean Dignity is on subjects - meaning final
arrangements are being made- to load crude at Hariga around
April 15-16, sources said. Reuters AIS Live ship tracking showed
the tanker with orders to sail to Libya.
The charterer was Austrian energy group OMV, they
Another refiner is looking to charter a ship to load the
same grade around April 20-25.
A federalist group led by a former oil facilities security
guard, Ibrahim al-Jathran, has been blocking the OPEC member
country's major export terminals in the east since last summer,
with the exception of the Brega port.
A breakthrough deal was reached on Sunday to open two of
the ports - Hariga and Zueitina.
Libya accounted for about 10 percent of OMV's production
before the 2011 uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi. The
company's chief executive said on Tuesday it had no oil and gas
production in Libya at present.
Despite the 9-month outage and previous false starts at
Hariga, the deal will not be done at a favourable price, one of
the sources said, but at the official selling price set by NOC
at dated Brent minus 65 cents on an fob basis for April.
Force majeure was lifted at Hariga on Thursday but remains
in place at Zueitina, however, meaning that NOC has not given
the official green light to resume exports.
A Petroleum Facilities Guard spokesman said on Tuesday that
the force was not in full control of the Zueitina port as some
militiamen were still present there.
The re-opening of the country's largest terminals, Es Sider
and Ras Lanuf, depends on further negotiations between the
rebels and the government.
(Reporting by Julia Payne; Additional reporting by David
Sheppard; Editing by Anthony Barker)