Workers at Libya’s El Sharara oilfield are ready to resume production with an initial output of 80,000 barrels a day but are still waiting approval from state oil firm NOC, a field engineer and trader said on Wednesday.
An NOC spokesman could not be reached for comment.
The 315,000 barrels a day-field has been closed since December when state guards and tribesmen seized it to make financial demands.
NOC said on Tuesday it was ready to lift force majeure, a contractual waiver for clients declared in December, if armed men behind the closure were evicted. The Tripoli-based government said on the same day it was working with NOC to do so.