Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Libya oil production, outage, exports, customers


March 14 (Reuters) - Libya is estimated to have lost two thirds of its oil output while fighting between government and rebel forces and international sanctions have halted all oil exports from Africa's third-largest producer.

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces lost control over large swathes of the oil
exporting North African country initially, but over the past week the military momentum has shifted back in their favour.

Oil prices have rallied in the past weeks due to supply problems from Libya but seem to have fully priced in the loss of Libyan output in the past few days. [O/R].

Below are details on Libyan oil exports and customers:

Wrapup story on fighting in Libya

More on Middle East unrest

Map of Saudi Arabia's main oil producing region


Factbox on Middle Eastern gas suppliers

Middle East unrest in numbers r.reuters.com/nym77r

Interactive factbox link.reuters.com/puk87r

Libyan oil map r.reuters.com/jem28r

Production and export graphics: here


* OPEC member Libya is the world's 17th-largest oil producer, third-largest producer in Africa and holds the continent's largest crude oil reserves. It normally pumps around 1.6 million bpd, 85 percent of which is exported to Europe.

* Output is normally equivalent to about 2 percent of global consumption, and unrest has cut it to about 500,000 bpd as many foreign and local workers have left the fields.


* All Libya's oil export terminals except Tobruk in the east are back under central
control, the head of the Libyan oil workers' union told Reuters on Tuesday.

* Agoco, an oil firm based in rebel areas, said it was now only pumping oil to Tobruk in the far east of Libya after Gaddafi's forces retook Ras Lanuf.

* Gaddafi's forces recaptured rebel-held oil towns of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf over the past days. In Es Sider air strikes were reported to have destroyed storage tanks and other facilities during the fighting. Forces also recaptured the important eastern oil terminal town of Brega late on Sunday.

* On Tuesday, Gaddafi's forces appeared to have recaptured the eastern town of Ajdabiyah,
which commands roads to Tobruk and Benghazi, the rebels' stronghold.

* West of Tripoli, Zawiyah was back under government control after troops crushed the revolt, leaving the city shattered. Zawiyah's oil refinery was operating again on Friday after being shut down by the violence earlier in the week.


* Most of Libya's oilfields are around the Sirte Basin, which contains around 80 percent of its proven reserves.

* The Hamada oilfield ceased production and the eastern fields of Sarir, Nafoora and Misla are producing around a third of their normal capacity, Agoco said on Thursday.

* The Waha Oil Company, which operates the Waha, Dahra, Samah and Gialo fields, said its
output had dropped to less than a third its normal level. [ID:nLDE7271VV]

* The Al Jurf offshore oilfield and Mabruk field have stopped producing, Total CEO
Christophe de Margerie said on Friday. [ID:nWEA8015]


* Libya has five domestic refineries with a total crude distillation capacity of 378,000 bpd: Azzawiya Oil Refining Co (120,000 bpd), Sarir Refining (10,000 bpd), Sirte Oil Co (8,000 bpd), Tobruk Refining (20,000 bpd) and Ras Lanuf Oil & Gas Processing Co (220,000 bpd).

* The IEA said Libya last year imported about 80,000 bpd of refined oil products and exported about 100,000 barrels per day of oil products to OECD countries, mostly in Europe.


* Libya's oil industry is run by the state-owned NOC, which accounts for around 50 percent of the country's output. Shokri Ghanem, head of NOC called on employees to return to work and said on Monday he was hopeful production could soon increase.

* A unit of NOC, Agoco, has decided to operate separately and market oil direct to foreign buyers until Gaddafi is overthrown and Tripoli free of his rule.


* The total equity share of the following foreign companies -- many of which operate fields on behalf of Libyan National Oil Co -- amounts to about 460,000 bpd. The table below is based on data from consultancy IHS Herold and Reuters reports:

Company Libya oil Libya share Libya share Libya oil & Status

'000 bpd of total oil of total gas gas share

(percent) (percent) (percent)

ENI 108 10.7 18 13.7 Two thirds production cut,daily output at120,000 bpd

WINTERSHALL 98.6 72.0 4 29.2 Production shut down

TOTAL 60 4.3 0 2.7 Production shut down

MARATHON 45.8 18.8 0 11.6 Effect on operations unclear

CONOCO 45 3.2 0 2.1 Operations shut

REPSOL 36 8.3 0 4.1 Still operating, no updated production figures

OMV 33 19.4 0 10.6 Severe output disruption

HESS 22 7.5 0 5.4 Production rate unclear

OCCIDENTAL 6 1.2 0 0.9 Operations continue, exact
production rate unknown

STATOIL 4.5 0.4 0 0.3 Offices closed

SUNCOR 35 5.7 0 N/A Operations shut down


* Libya is a net exporter of crude oil and normally sells around 1.3 million bpd to world markets. It has domestic consumption estimated at around 270,000 bpd.

* London's marine insurance market has added Libya to a list of areas deemed high risk, increasing significantly the cost of sailing to the country's ports. [ID:nLDE72319U]

* Libya exports from six major terminals, listed below with loading volumes for January from the IEA: - Es Sider (447,000 bpd), Marsa El Brega (51,000 bpd), Ras Lanuf (195,000 bpd), Tobruk (51,000 bpd), Zueitina (214,000 bpd), Zawiyah (199,000 bpd), other unspecified terminals (333,000 bpd).


* A divided U.N. Security Council discussed authorizing a no-fly zone over Libya on Monday after the Arab League called for the 15-nation body to act.

* Western countries, the European Union, Japan, South Africa and United Nations have all imposed sanctions on Libya and frozen government assets. [ID:nLDE7211UI]

* Major U.S. oil companies including Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) and ConocoPhillips (COP.N) have halted trade with Libya and banks are declining to clear payments in dollars.


* About 32 percent of Libya's oil goes to Italy, 14 percent to Germany, 10 percent to France and China and 5 percent to the United States.

* Buyers have said the shortage can be covered by alternative sources such as Nigeria and Azerbaijan, which produce similar light, low-sulphur crude oils.

* Saudi Arabia has raised production to fill the supply gap, but opinions differ how much spare capacity the kingdom has got and whether it can ramp up production further.

(Reporting by Nia Williams, Jonathan Saul, Christopher Johnson, Selam Gebrekidan, IkukoKurahone and Daniel Fineren)

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