Southern Libya remains a region of endemic instability wracked by communal conflict, a shortage of basic services, rampant smuggling, and fragmented or collapsed institutions. The region has long existed on the periphery of Libya’s politics and international concerns—but that must change. Increasingly, the vacuum of governance in the south has drawn in political actors from northern Libya and outside states. Extremists seeking refuge in the south and migrants being smuggled through the region directly impact the security of Libya, neighboring states like Tunisia, and Europe…
Brief drop in Libyan oil production due to disruption at Sharara Oil Field
Bloomberg reported on 21 July that the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) declared force majeure at the Sharara Oil field located in Southwestern Libya on 20 July. The declaration of force majeure resulted from the illegal closure of a pipeline valve by an unidentified group. According to a report by Oil and Gas Middle East, due to the disruption, Libyan oil production dropped to its lowest since the beginning of 2019. On 22 July, complementary reports indicated that force majeure was lifted at Sharara oil field after 2 days. A prolonged force majeure would be critical for the country’s fragile economy as Libya depends heavily on exportation of crude oil.