Libyan protesters are set to lift the blockade at the country’s eastern oil terminals in the coming days, according to a spokesperson for the Petroleum Facilities Guard.
The PFG is the organisation that is responsible for protecting libya’s oil terminals and ports. Its staff have been involved in a blockade of the eastern ports of Es Snider, Ras Lanuf and Zuetina, which have crippled Libya’s oil export capability.
A series of strikes across the North African nation have decimated Libya’s oil exports, which stood at 1.6 million barrels per day in June 2014 and have since fallen to close to zero. The problem has been compounded by high profile attacks on the country’s oil producing infrastructure by extremist groups.
The lifting of the blockade at Libya’s eastern ports is the first step to increasing the country’s hydrocarbon exports to their former levels. Es Sider and Ras Lanuf have a combined capacity of 600,000 bpd. However, with the facilities having lain idle for almost two years, it will be some time before they can be rendered operational again.