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Would a UN-backed government save Libya's oilfields?

Would a UN-backed government save Libya's oilfields?
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By Catherine Hardy
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Oilfields in Libya are likely to come under further attack unless a United Nations-backed government is approved. The comments come from the head of

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Oilfields in Libya are likely to come under further attack unless a United Nations-backed government is approved.

The comments come from the head of the National Oil Corporation, Mustafa Sanalla.

#LibyaSummit kicking off w/ Mustafa Sanalla, Chairman of NOC Libya giving the opening speech. #oilandgas#londonpic.twitter.com/Wci3W1BTWM

— IRN Oil & Gas (@IRN_OilandGas) October 19, 2015

He spoke out after ISIL militants targeted the Fida oil field last Friday.

The context

Experts say Libya is rapidly turning into a new front in the fight against ISIL.

The organisation is trying to exploit the years of chaos in the country to expand its foothold in the oil-rich, North African nation.

Forging a unified government is a monumental task. Libya has effectively been a failed state since the death of Muammar Gadaffi in 2011.

Post-Gaddafi, the country was carved up by powerful militias.

There are currently two governments. One is based in the capital, Tripoli, is dominated by Islamists and backed by a coalition of militias.

The other is internationally-recognised and based in the eastern city of Tobruk.

In numbers

  • Total production is 360-370,000 barrels per day

  • This is less than 25% of the 1.6 million BPD Libya was producing before the 2011 uprising

  • 100,000 BPD for domestic consumption, the rest exported

“If there is no new government, I think the situation will get worse. I believe there will be more attacks on the oil facilities.”Mustafa Sanalla

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