Libya has closed the eastern oil port of Hariga due to bad weather, an oil official said on Sunday.

The official, who asked not to be identified, said that the bad weather had forced a tanker to wait for the second day running at the port

“The tanker is to lift one million barrels of crude,’’ said the official.

A spokesman for the state oil firm, Arabian Gulf Oil Co (AGOCO), which runs Hariga and several oilfields, said its output was currently 260,000 barrels a day.

He said this was a decline, without elaborating, but said there were no technical problems at the fields or Hariga port in Tobruk.

The spokesman said, “The company has exported some 5 million barrels of oil in the past four months.

“Its main assets are the Sarir and Messla fields feeding Hariga but it also has some other smaller fields.’’ (Reuters/NAN)