Libya's NOC lifts force majeure on Hariga oil port

A view shows Sharara oil field near Ubari, Libya, July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Aidan Lewis

TUNIS, April 26 (Reuters) - Libya's NOC has lifted force majeure on oil loadings from the eastern port of Hariga after settling a financing dispute with the new Government of National Unity (GNU), it said on Monday, paving the way for higher output.

National Oil Corporation (NOC) subsidiary Arabian Gulf Oil Company (AGOCO), which runs Hariga, this month said it was suspending output because it had not received any state financing since September.

Force majeure was declared by NOC on April 19.

NOC said the government would allocate 1 billion dinars ($225 million) as part of an agreement reached to end the force majeure declared on exports through Hariga.

OPEC member Libya's oil production fell by 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 1 million bpd because of the budgetary issues, NOC said last week. read more

Output of 1.3 million bpd is an eight-year high for the country, which produced about 1.6 million bpd before its civil war erupted a decade ago.

Libya, along with Iran and Venezuela, are exempt from production cuts by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allies, collectively known as OPEC+.

Reporting by Angus McDowall; Editing by Edmund Blair

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