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Libya: A ceaseless campaign

Our report on the country’s energy infrastructure is the definitive guide to Libyan oil, politics, and civil unrest

Blessed with Africa's largest oil reserves and some of the world's highest-quality crude, Libya's energy sector has been disproportionately significant for global markets. When the 2011 revolution decimated output, the International Energy Agency was forced to release emergency stocks. Libyan oil was important. Production has collapsed again now, to an eighth of the country's 2011 capacity. As Mustafa Sanallah, chairman of the National Oil Corporation told us, the civil war that has been underway since mid-2014 is unmistakably about oil. A battle for installations in the once-prolific Sirte basin is, he fears, imminent. Events in Libya's fractured energy sector will remain significant for

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