Libya’s NOC to reopen major oil field after Haftar forces retake control from armed group

Libya’s National Oil Corporation will resume production within hours at the southwestern Sharara oil field after control was retaken from an armed group last month, AP reports. The militia’s blockade had cost the state oil company around $1.8 billion in lost production. NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla said on Tuesday that local oil security forces are in control of the site. Forces led by Libyan strongman Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who is based in the country’s east, captured the oil field from an armed militia in February. Haftar’s forces later withdrew. Libya is currently governed by rival authorities in Tripoli and the east, each backed by an array of militias.