Crude production in Libya is sinking fast as protests spread

|By:, SA News Editor

Libyan oil production has dropped to one-eighth of capacity as protests over pay and allegations of corruption spread to fields operated by Eni (E +2.5%) and Repsol (REPYY.PK, REPYF.PK).

Earlier protests were in the central and eastern regions that produce and export the majority of Libya’s crude, affecting companies such as Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B), Marathon Oil (MRO), Hess (HES) and ConocoPhillips (COP).

Libyan output has slumped to ~200K bbl/day vs. 640K earlier this month and optimal capacity of 1.6M, according to the chairman of the state oil company.