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A company statement said the attackers came from the north, an apparent reference to the city of Sirte, seized by an Islamic State affiliate last month.
The National Oil Corporation blamed authorities in the Libyan-capital of Tripoli, set up by Islamist-backed militias, for failing to protect the oil fields.
The militia that captured the Al-Mabruk field Wednesday could be a local branch of Islamic State a spokesman of the national Petroleum Facilities Guard said.
Libya is split between a United Nations-recognized government in the east and Islamists who control Tripoli in the west.
Seven months since the government rebased its economy to claim it was Africa’s largest, at about $523 billion, the central bank has devalued its currency and pushed the benchmark interest rate to a record 13 percent.
Iraqi troops will expel the militants from areas near a pipeline supplying the refinery 130 miles north of Baghdad.
A tanker remains anchored off Galveston two weeks after it arrived carrying 1 million barrels of crude it can’t unload because of a dispute involving ownership of oil produced in Iraq.
Sunni militants launched a dawn raid Wednesday on a key Iraqi oil refinery they have been trying to take for days but were repelled by security forces, a commander on the scene said.
The turmoil in Iraq has thrown the OPEC member’s ambitious plans to boost oil production into doubt, threatening to crimp its most vital economic lifeline.
Sarah Haggas, an expert on the Middle East region for the energy team at consulting firm IHS, explains what you need to know about how turmoil in Iraq by militant group ISIS is affecting the energy sector.