2016 ended on a high for Libya with the December restart of its Sharara fields, a ‘significant event’ which helped boost crude production to just shy of 700,000 b/d. But security will need to improve if IOCs are to return to the war-torn country.

The long awaited restart of the Sharara fields in late December boosted Libya’s oil production to 685,000 b/d at the beginning of January, according to a spokesperson for the country’s state oil company, National Oil...