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Oil Rises as Libyan Oilfields Shut Down

Libya’s national oil company declared a force majeure on their Sharara and El Feel oil fields on Monday.  The two major oilfields in southwest Libya began shutting down on Sunday after forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar closed a pipeline, potentially cutting national output to a fraction of its normal level.  The projected outages are roughly 700,000 barrels per day.  The outages are expected to be short-lived unless conflict escalates further in the coming days.

U.S. energy markets are closed on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr Day, but Brent crude oil modestly rose on the news as the time at this was written.  The country has dealt with civil conflict continuously for years, ultimately reducing the price risk as the market most likely priced in any further outages from the country.


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