File - A general view shows a detail of the Zawiya Oil Refinery, some 40 kms west of Tripoli, on October 27, 2011. (AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI)
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Output at Libya's Al-Sharara oil field rose more Tuesday to over two thirds of full capacity and a pipeline shipping condensate – very light crude – to a western port reopened, marking progress in government efforts to rebuild vital exports.The reopening of the Al-Sharara field in southern Libya, one of Libya's largest, and of the Wafa pipeline feeding Mellitah port are good news for the central government in Tripoli which is struggling to end a six-month-long blockade of important eastern oil ports that has slashed shipments.Al-Sharara oil field supplies crude to the western Zawiya export terminal and feeds the 120,000-bpd Zawiya refinery.The eastern confrontation over oil is one of several fronts facing Libya's fragile government two years after Gadhafi's fall.
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