Libya stops gas exports to Italy

Libya has stopped gas exports to Italy from its Mellitah complex after weekend fighting between militias, Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) and Italy’s Eni said yesterday. Libya’s defence ministry sent security personnel to secure the complex, about 100 km (60 miles) west of the capital Tripoli, to ensure exports could resume soon, said Abdufattah Shagan, chairman of Mellitah, an NOC-Eni joint venture. Mellitah supplies Italy with gas through the Greenstream pipeline, which at full capacity pumps at least 8 billion cubic metres. Italy gets most of its gas from Algeria, Russia and Norway, with Libya providing about 10 per cent.