Libya’s NOC has refused to reopen the 315,000 b/d El Sharara field, forcibly shut-in since 9 December. This comes despite a 19 December agreement PM Fayez Sarraj struck with the group responsible for the closure to restart output in exchange for more investment in basic facilities in the impoverished south.

NOC chief Mustafa Sanallah whilst leaving the door open for talks said “force majeure would not be lifted at the field until alternative security arrangements were in...