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Libya: export of raw materials from the captured ports will be continued

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Libya: export of raw materials from the captured ports will be continued

Libya: export of raw materials from the captured ports will be continued
September 14
12:30 2016

On Tuesday the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) reported that it was going to immediately restore the oil export from the ports, which had been captured by the Libyan National Army.

The Army under the leadership of Khalifa Haftar and the leader of Libya’s Eastern Parliament pledged that the ports would remain under the control of the NOC. The Head of the National Oil Corporation Mustafa Sanalla announced that he hoped for “a new phase of cooperation” and that oil production was likely to increase to 600,000 barrels per day over the month, while then it was equal to 290,000 barrels per day.

These plans are likely to face political, legal and technical obstacles. The government in Tripoli, against which Haftar is fighting, supports the United Nations. A number of countries, including the US and some European states, expressed their condemnation of the oil ports capture by the Haftar’s troops on Monday. These countries have indicated their intention to seek the resolution of the UN Security Council against the “illegal” exports outside the power boundaries of this government.

If Libya wants to stop the impending economic catastrophe, it must raise the volume of oil production and the export level.

The level of the Libyan oil production has fallen due to the political crisis prevailing in the country, military conflicts and militant attacks. Before the outbreak of the civil war in 2011, Libya had produced 1.6 barrels of oil per day. The infrastructure of oil production as well as major oil export terminals has been significantly affected by the armed conflict.

On Sunday the ports of Ras Lanuf, Es Sidr, Marsa el- Brega and Zuveytina were captured by the troops of Khalifa Haftar, pushing aside armed groops of Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG), which are in alliance with the government of national consensus that supports the UN.

A statement from the head of the National Oil Corporation Mustafa Sanalla says: “Our technical teams have already started to analyze what needs to be done to overcome the force majeure and restore exports as soon as possible.”

“I hope that this will mark the beginning of a new phase of cooperation and coexistence of the Libyan factions as well as the end of the blockade using as a political tactic,” – said Sanalla.

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