By Robert Sullivan - Exclusive to Oil Investing News With a sense of normalcy beginning to Libya as the National Transitional Council (NTC) mops up the last remaining pockets of Gaddafi loyalists, crude oil production, lifeblood of the Libyan economy, has been restarted in earnest and foreign oil companies have begun to filter back into the country. Eni S.p.A (NYSE: E), the largest foreign producer oil in Libya at 273,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day, announced on Sept. 26 th that it had restarted operations at 15 wells in the Abu-Attifel field 300 km south of Benghazi, with production at 31,900 barrels per day (bpd). This initial output from Eni's joint venture with Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) is less than half of the 70,000 bpd that was being pumped from Abu-Attifel prior to the outbreak of hostilities in mid-February, but a statement from the Italian firm indicated that it expected its other wells in the field would also be reactivated shortly. Eni is also looking at a tentative deadline of Oct.15th to re-launch gas exports from its Greenstream pipeline, which has a capacity of 9.4 billion cubic meters per year. France's Total S.A. (NYSE: TOT), meanwhile, has also returned to the fray, announcing last week that production had resumed at their al-Jurf off shore joint venture with NOC and Wintershall AG, a subsidiary of the German chemical giant BASF SE (PINK: BASFY). Once at capacity output from al-Jurf should hit 40,000 bpd, and both Total and Wintershall have indicated that this should be achieved within the next few weeks. Citigroup forecasts 400,000 bpd in October The return of foreign companies to Libya, on top of the 220,000 bpd that NOC spinoff Arabian Gulf Oil Co. (Agoco) has already brought back online, have boosted the short term term outlook for a country that was previously was producing 1.6 million bpd. Edward Morse, head of global commodities research at Citigroup Inc., believes crude oil production could reach 400,000 bpd in October, and should recover to around 1 million bpd over the coming year. Other companies still awaiting developments Not everyone is rushing back to Libya though.