Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) has just issued a statement confirming the explosion at the pipeline near Maradah operated by al-Waha Oil Company, and expected substantial decline in the country's oil exports.
“The National Oil Corporation confirms an explosion on the Zaggut to Es-Sider oil pipeline. The line connects the fields to Es- Sidrer oil terminal and is operated by the Waha Oil Company. Early investigations revealed that the explosion occurred on the line 15 km north of Marada town and 130 km south of Sidra,” said the statement. “Waha has immediately diverted production to the Samah line. However, NOC expects production losses of 70,000 to 100,000 barrels/day. NOC continues to investigate the causes of the explosion and is closely monitoring developments,” the statement added.
It was understood that investigators from al-Waha Oil Company are currently at the site, dealing with the resulting fire. NOC said the assistance is being arranged by teams based in the Ragoba field.
Ealrier this evening, we quoted officials from the Libyan National Army (LNA) stating that the blast was an act of terrorism. “Eyewitnesses saw two Toyota trucks near the scene of the blast prior to the explosion which we believe were there to plant explosives,” statement from the Media Office of LNA’s Marada Battalion has said.
We broke the news earlier today on Twitter citing LNA officials who blamed the explosion on “Islamist militants from the so-called Benghazi Defence Brigades”. The explosion took place some 30 kilometres northeast of the town of Maradah. The targeted pipeline is linking between oilfields belonging to al-Waha Oil Company and the oil port of Sidrah.