Libya's largest oilfield, Sharara, has resumed partial production after it was forced to shut down five months ago amid an oil blockade in the wake of military advances by forces of renegade General Khalifa.

The reopening comes amid significant defeats in recent days of forces loyal to Haftar at the hands of forces loyal to Libya's United Nations-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli.

State-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC) said the field was producing at 10% of its pre-blockade capacity of 300,000 barrels per day and will require 90 days to reach its full potential.