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    Libya Oil & Gas Key View

    • 23 Sep 2021
    • Libya
    • Oil & Gas

    Key View: The outlook on the Libyan oil and gas sector has improved significantly, after a ceasefire between the Libyan National Army and the UN-recognised, Tripoli-based Government of National Accord was signed in August 2020 and following the formation of a new unity government in March 2021. The new government should foster a more stable operating environment, paving the way for strong gains in the production of both crude oil and natural gas this year. Nevertheless, a fraught economic environment, deep political divisions and the run-up to elections in December 2021 all pose continuing risk to output, should conflict re-escalate or should groups leverage blockades on oil infrastructure to press their demands on the government.

    Headline Forecasts (Libya 2019-2025)
    Indicator 2019 2020e 2021f 2022f 2023f 2024f 2025f
    Crude, NGPL & other liquids prod, 000b/d 1,052.8 407.4 1,089.9 1,248.4 1,310.0 1,348.9 1,388.9
    Dry natural gas production, bcm 10.3 9.0 9.9 10.4 10.4 10.5 10.5
    Dry natural gas consumption, bcm 4.8 4.7 4.9 5.1 5.4 5.7 6.0
    Refined products production, 000b/d 59.4 41.6 66.5 86.5 103.8 114.2 125.6
    Refined products consumption & ethanol, 000b/d 214.0 196.9 214.6 225.3 234.3 243.7 253.4
    Brent, USD/bbl 64.16 43.21 70.00 67.00 68.00 70.00 73.00
    e/f = Fitch Solutions estimate/forecast. Source: EIA, IEA, OPEC, Fitch Solutions

    Latest Updates And Key Forecasts

    • Crude production has recovered rapidly, after blockades of the Brega, Ras Lanuf, Hariga, Zueitina and Sidra oil export terminals were lifted. From an average of 408,000b/d in 2020, we forecast output to rise by 159% in 2021, to an average of 1.05mn b/d.
    • Prospects for Libyan natural gas production have improved following the signing of the ceasefire. For 2020 as a whole, we estimate production declined by 13.0% y-o-y, while we forecast 10.0% growth in 2021.
    • The lifting of the oil blockade has also allowed for the restart of output at the Zawiya, Tobruk and Sarir refineries. From an estimated 42,000b/d of production in 2020, we forecast refined fuels output to rise by 60.0%, to reach 67,000b/d in 2021.
    • A collapse in oil export revenues and overall real GDP, combined with the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, drove substantial declines in both oil and gas demand, which we estimate contracted by 8.0% and 4.0% respectively in 2020. In 2021, as the above headwinds fade, we forecast a rebound in demand, at 9.0% and 5.0% respectively.
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