CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-INTERVIEW-Libya rebel official aims for oil export in 2-3 months

Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:06pm GMT

(Corrects time frame for oil output)

* Libya could pump 500,000-600,000 bpd in 2-3 months -Tarhouni

* Full volumes could return in about a year

* All pre-war contracts to be respected

* First top rebel authority figure in Tripoli headquarters

By Mohammed Abbas

TRIPOLI, Aug 25 (Reuters) - The Libyan rebel government hopes to restart oil exports within two to three months and reach full volumes in about a year, Ali Tarhouni, the official in charge of financial and oil matters told Reuters from Libya's oil ministry in Tripoli.

It was the first time an official from the rebel National Transitional Council was seen in the capital taking up the reins of government, after rebel fighters swept into the city four days ago aiming to topple Muammar Gaddafi.

"The NOC (National Oil Corporation) initial estimate is that we can have about 500,000 to 600,000 barrels within two to three months. And then we ramp this up to the normal, which is about 1.6 (million). My expectation is that this will be done within a year or so," Tarhouni said.   Continued...

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