ENERGY BRIEFS

ENERGY BRIEFS

LIBYA WON'T EXPAND

OIL OUTPUT CAPACITY

NICOSIA, Cyprus - Libya is shelving plans to expand oil production capacity

from 1.5 million to 2 million barrels a day because of new U.N. sanctions, but current oil exports will not be affected, an industry newsletter said.

"Although the new (U.N.) restrictions will have no immediate or direct impact on the volume of Libyan oil exports, they are expected to gradually downgrade the production capacity," the Middle East Economic Survey said.

The Cyprus-based weekly said it "understands that, because of the

financial constraints imposed by the sanctions as well as the limitations on normal oil field operations, Libya's oil production capacity during the next few years will be maintained at 1.5 million barrels a day rather than expanded to 2 million barrels a day as was originally planned."

COAL PRODUCTION

DECLINES BY 22 PERCENT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Domestic coal production totaled 15.1 million tons during the week ending Nov. 27, down 22 percent from the 19.5 million tons produced the previous week, the U.S. Department of Energy reported Monday.

The week's production included the Thanksgiving holiday.

The U.S. coal industry produced 16 million tons in the same week last year, according to the department's Energy Information Administration.

Wyoming ranked first among the 27 coal-producing states with

3.7 million tons produced. Kentucky was second at 2 million tons and West Virginia was third at

1.9 million tons, the agency said.

Domestic coal production so far this year is 863 million tons, about 5 percent behind last year's production at this time.