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Libya’s NOC lifts force majeure on last oilfield after blockade

Libya’s National Oil Corp (NOC) on Monday ended force majeure on the last facilities closed by an eight-month blockade of oil exports by eastern forces as it pushes to restore production of one million barrels per day within four weeks.

Ending force majeure – which suspended contract obligations due to circumstances beyond its control – on El-Feel oilfield means the NOC can theoretically bring all facilities back on stream. It points to the gradual resumption of production towards the levels before January when Khalifa Haftar’s eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) stopped exports.

Shippers seek early contract commitments

One of the big trucking stories of late summer and early autumn is how much low inventories led to a need to restock well before the holiday season, yielding a quick recovery from the market lows caused by the initial onset of the pandemic in the spring. Capacity is so tight, and inventories so low, that shippers are coming to Knight-Swift to start talks about higher contract rates for service in 2021.


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