Libya gas output has been on the slide since 2013’s record 1.79bn cfd. A set of new gas-hungry power plants since 2010 have driven up consumption leaving less to export. But 2019 could see a turnaround.

Libya hopes to boost gas output in 2019 following five years of almost continual decline. But while gas production has been on a downward trajectory, it has fared better than Libya’s oil output which has frequently fallen to near-zero as a consequence of civil strife (see chart...