The National Oil Corporation in Libya announced in a statement late on Saturday the status of force majeure (emergency) and stopped shipments of crude oil in the port of Zawia (west) as a result of the cessation of production in the field of spark oil (south), because of exposure to acts of sabotage.

The company added that the closure caused the loss of about 290 thousand barrels of daily production of $ 19 million, and that the public treasury will meet the requirements of the local market of fuel as a result of the continued stop of the refinery, explaining that the production field elephant - located near the field spark - not affected .

The head of the National Oil Corporation, Mustafa Sinallah, said that the criminal activities forced the institution to declare the state of force majeure. Such deliberate attempts to sabotage the pipelines and obstruct production processes not only harm national revenues, but also impede the supply of electricity to citizens.

He pointed out that the security staff and engineers of the Foundation and the company Akacos oil operations are investigating this incident, and they are doing everything in their power to resume production processes and the return of things to normal.

Sinallah said that the organization undertakes to track down those behind this disgraceful act and to pursue them criminally, in cooperation with the competent authorities.