Russian independent Tatneft has resumed drilling an appraisal well onshore Libya – more than 10 years after it was forced to declare force majeure on its operations in the Ghadames basin due to the start of a civil war.

The B-2 well was suspended in February 2011 at a depth of 3900 feet, just as Libya began to implode due to an uprising against former dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

State-owned National Oil Corporation said this week that Tatneft resumed drilling operations on the Al Hamada discovery in Block 4 of its Area 82 acreage on 15 October.