Libya's Abu Tifl oil and gas field back on line - engineer

The field previously produced 75,000 bpd and output is expected to rise in coming weeks

  
A view shows the Libyan Oil Refining Company (LERCO) in Ras Lanuf, about 660 km (410 miles) west of Tripoli, November 5, 2011.

A view shows the Libyan Oil Refining Company (LERCO) in Ras Lanuf, about 660 km (410 miles) west of Tripoli, November 5, 2011.

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BENGHAZI, Libya, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Some gas production at Libya's eastern Abu Tifl field has resumed and 12,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil will start being pumped there from next week, an engineer at the field said on Thursday.

Abu Tifl was shut for two years because of protests by local residents and blockades at eastern ports that were recently lifted.

The engineer said oil would be pumped to the port of Zuetina, one of four terminals seized in September by forces loyal to eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar and handed to the National Oil Corporation (NOC).

No figures for gas production at Abu Tifl were available yet. The field previously produced 75,000 bpd and output is expected to rise in coming weeks.

Libya's oil production has since September doubled to around 600,000 bpd, though it remains well below the 1.6 million bpd the country was producing before its 2011 uprising.

(Reporting by Ayman al-Warfalli; Writing by Aidan Lewis; Editing by Mark Potter) ((Aidan.Lewis@thomsonreuters.com ; +216-29850352;))






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