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Libya’s Biggest Oil Field Halted by Workers’ Protest

  • Sharara was pumping 270,000 barrels a day before shutdown
  • Country is exempt from OPEC output cuts due to internal strife
A Repsol Oil Operations oil drilling rig pounds into the desert searching through thousands of feet for and oil reserve on June 5, 2004 in El-Sharara, Libya
Photographer: Benjamin Lowy/Getty Images
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Libya’s biggest oil field shut down due to a protest by workers, stalling a revival in the politically divided country’s production of crude.

Sharara closed on Wednesday, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter who asked not to be identified because they aren’t authorized to speak to the media. Workers are protesting a colleague’s death at the field, halting about 270,000 barrels a day, according to another person familiar with the matter, who also asked not to be identified because they’re not allowed to speak to the media.