Eastern NOC blocks Tanker from Loading

By John Lee.

A Maltese-flagged tanker was blocked from loading crude oil at the Hariga oil export terminal on Tuesday.

According to Reuters, workers at the terminal had been instructed not to handle the tanker -- the 250-metre Seachance -- which was due to lift around 350,000 barrels of oil at the instruction of the Tripoli-based National Oil Corporation (NOC).

The Libya Herald says that the purchaser was "very probably the international trading firm Glencore", adding that the Hariga terminal has a loading capacity of 51,000 b/d and its tank farm is reportedly almost full. The nearby AGOCO-operated refinery can process up to 20,000 b/d.

(Sources: Libya Herald, Reuters)

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