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Libya’s Biggest Oil Field Stops Producing as Crisis Deepens

  • Protesters threaten to keep key export terminal closed
  • Political standoff runs the risk of reigniting recent fighting
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Production was halted at Libya’s biggest oil field and protesters threatened to keep a key export terminal closed, as the OPEC nation plunged deeper into political crisis.

The Sharara field, which produces 290,000 barrels a day, was closed Thursday after an unknown group shut down one of its main valves, according to people familiar with the situation. They asked not to be identified as they weren’t authorized to speak to the media.