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Libya to Restart Oil Exports in West as Eastern Output Slumps

  • State oil firm lifts force majeures at Zawiya, Melittah ports
  • Eastern output hit as ports close on weather, storage fills up
The Zawiya oil refinery in Libya. 

The Zawiya oil refinery in Libya. 

Photographer: Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images 

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Libya is set to restart oil exports from two key western ports after militias ended a blockade of pipelines, but shipments and production in the east continue to be hit by bad weather.

State-controlled National Oil Corp. lifted force majeure at the ports of Zawiya and Mellitah on Tuesday, according to people familiar with the matter. The terminals and the fields serving them -- including Sharara, Libya’s biggest -- shut for about three weeks after a paramilitary force know as the Petroleum Facilities Guard closed pipelines in a dispute over pay.