Libya exports three oil tankers from western Mellitah port

News surprises analysts.

Libya exports three oil tankers from western Mellitah port


(Reuters) – Oil and condensate has been exported at least three times from the Libyan port of Mellitah since the start of this month, according to industry sources and ship-tracking data, a surprise move with other terminals in the west of the country largely shut.

The North African OPEC member is split between two rival governments each allied to heavily armed groups that have been fighting for control of the oil-producing nation since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The Mellitah port, not far from Libya’s western border with Tunisia, is jointly-operated by Italian energy major ENI and the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC), and lies in territory largely controlled by a rival government that seized the capital Tripoli last summer.

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