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Output from Libya’s El Sarrir field remains shut in after a bomb attack on Saturday damaged the field’s pipeline to Libya’s only operating land based oil port.

A bomb exploded around 5 a.m. Saturday morning just north of El Sarrir at a pipeline transporting crude from the field to the Hariga port.

Hariga is the only land based oil port that remains open in the country after a series of attacks forced two other ports to close.

Hariga oil terminal supervisor Rajab Abdulrasoul told Reuters the attack was an act of “sabotage.”

No group has taken responsibility for the attack yet.

A spokesman for Libya’s National Oil Corporation said it will take three days to repair the damage.

No spill or injuries were reported.

The Hariga terminal had recently reopened after a guard strike when the attack happened.

Libya’s oil fields and ports have been the site of multiple attacks during the last two months as two rival parties fight for control of the oil rich nation.

In January, the NOC said it suspects that a missing senior Libyan oil official may have been abducted.

Although Libya has one of the largest crude reserves in the world political tensions have prohibited the country from producing at full capacity since dictator Muammar Qaddafi was overthrown in 2011.

The country’s oil production fell from a high of 1.6 million barrels per day to 350,000 barrels per day in December after opposition forces aligned with Islamist group Fajr Libya attacked key export terminals.


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