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ENI resumed oil production in Libya

September 26/2011

(Trend) -- Italian state-controlled energy giant ENI said Monday it has resumed oil production in Libya months after the conflict in the North African country brought its operations to a halt. "Eni restarts production in 15 Libyan wells in Abu-Attifel, located at 300 kilometres south of Benghazi," the company said in a statement released in Milan, dpa reported.

Eni has been active in Libya since 1959, where it says it is the the largest foreign investor in terms of hydrocarbon production.

In recent years Italy had cultivated closer ties with its former colony, culminating in a 2008 friendship treaty signed by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and the then Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi.

However, in March Italy suspended the treaty and joined a NATO air campaign against Gaddafi's forces who had been accused of targeting civilians in their attempt to crush a rebel uprising.

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