To welcome the new year, Libya has been battered with several separate hits on its oil output. Though gains are planned for this year, and up to 60mn cfd of additional gas has already been realized, chronic instability means continued outages elsewhere are a certainty.

Crude production from the Waha fields in the Sirte basin fell by 70,000-100,000 b/d after a 26 December explosion on the oil pipeline connecting the fields to the Es Sider export terminal. The blast was near Zaltan, some...