Tag Archives | Fezzan

The Battle for Libya’s Southern Frontier

The battle for Libya’s southern frontier Gunmen have made a fortune there as mercenaries, smugglers and robbers The internecine fighting in Libya is often reduced to east versus west: Khalifa Haftar, the warlord who controls the former, against a United Nations-backed government in the latter. But this year’s most important fighting is some 600km south […]

Disruption at El-Fil hits Oil Exports

By John Lee. The National Oil Corporation (NOC) has declared force majeure on the 70,000-bpd el-Feel [El-Fil, Elephant] field from Friday February 23, 2018, following the shutdown of the field and the evacuation of its employees. A statement from the NOC said the actions were taken after members of the Fezzan unit of the Petroleum […]

Cyrenaica Forms New Oil Firm

In a challenge to the central government in Tripoli, the self-declared Cyrenaica government has announced that it has formed its own oil company. The region's "prime minister", Abd-Rabbo al-Barassi, told Reuters: "We have formed a firm called Libya Oil and Gas Corp ... We will wait for a response from Tripoli and Fezzan and hope […]

Fezzan Region 'Declares Autonomy'

The Fezzan region in the south-west has reportedly declared itself an autonomous federal province, according to an Al Arabiya reporter. Nouri Mohammad al-Qouizi has been named as president according to reports in Libyan media. Much of the area is desert with very porous borders through which smugglers and radical Islamists pass with ease. The tribal […]

Libya's oil could leave the country on a slippery slope

Libya historically was divided into three parts: Tripolitania in the west, Barca (Cyrenaica) in the east and Fezzan in the south. But now, with attempts to declare Barca a federal region, a cursory look would suggest old divisions have resurfaced, with oil playing a new and crucial role. About 3,000 people gathered in Benghazi last […]