LONDON, July 15 (Reuters) - Libya is not ready to start pumping oil from fields held by rebels in the east of the country, a spokesman for rebel-held oil firm Arabian Gulf Oil Company (Agoco) told Reuters on Friday.
“We are not producing. Everything is under repair. I can’t tell you a date to restart,” said Agoco information manager Abdeljalil Mayouf.
He declined to comment on the extent of damage to oilfields. The official was speaking in response to a report in trade publication Petroleum Economist which stated that repairs at the Sarir and Misla oilfields had been completed and oil production was imminent.
OPEC member Libya was Africa’s third largest producer before the war but production has since fallen to virtually zero because of infrastructure damage and international sanctions. (Reporting by Emma Farge)