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National Oil Corporation (NOC) lifted a blockade of the pipelines leading to and from the Az-Zawiya refinery west of Tripoli in a matter of hours in early August, demonstrating that it still has the leverage to guarantee security at its facilities. Thanks to a combination of dogged technical effort and the rapid defusing of security issues, the corporation has lifted oil production to 1.1m b/d, achieving the short-term target set by chairman Mustafa Sanalla at the start of the year.