Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) declared on Sunday force majeure on oil production from El Feel.
The state-owned oil company said in a statement that a group of people, which it did not identify, had entered the facilities the previous day and prevented employees from working.
— National Oil Corporation المؤسسة الوطنية للنفط (@NOC_Libya) April 17, 2022
The takeover of the field, located in the southwest of the country, appears to be an action against the Tripoli-based prime minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh.
The dizzying developments in Libya’s oil fields have come amid a mounting standoff between two rival governments, one led by Dbeibeh and the other by parliament-backed Fathi Bashagha, which threaten to again drag the country into chaotic infighting.
Libya has the ninth-largest known oil reserves in the world, and the biggest oil reserves in Africa.