September 24, 2014 / 10:14 AM / 5 years ago

Libya's El Sharara field operating, but Zawiya refinery still closed -official

A general view shows an oil refinery in Zawia, 55km west of Tripoli December 18, 2013. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny

BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) - Libya’s El Sharara oilfield is operating, but the Zawiya refinery it connects to is still closed after storage tanks there were damaged during fighting between armed groups, a Libyan oil official said on Wednesday.

Libya’s oil output has recovered to 800,000 barrels per day (bpd) after the restart of production at El Sharara. It had risen as high as 870,000 bpd before El Sharara was closed last week.

On Tuesday, the National Oil Corporation had said Zawiya may restart within a couple of days. There were no immediate details on the state of repairs at the refinery.

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