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NOC outlines its demands to reopen El Sharara oilfield

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The Tripoli-based National Oil Corporation (NOC) issued a statement on Monday following the meeting of its chairman, Mustafa Sanalla, and chairman of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sarraj.

According to the statement, Sanalla outlined his demands to reopen El Sharara oilfield during the meeting. These demands include the creation of safe ‘Green Zones’ within the site to prevent non-authorized access; redeployment of current guards; a change of the Sharara Petroleum Facilities Guards leadership; removal of all unauthorized individuals from the field; and a process of guard training and professionalization,”

NOC said that Al-Sarraj agreed to Sanalla’s demands “in addition to confirming support for all projects enhancing security at the facility.”

The two sides stressed that NOC staff safety was a priority and that persons guilty of violent and threatening behavior should be summarily removed from the site.
“Under no circumstances are threats to staff tolerated. NOC is prepared to open the field if the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) is properly supervised, company support units are re-tasked, and key reforms are implemented,” said Sanalla.

A group of tribesmen calling themselves the Fezzan Anger Movement and a local unit of the Petroleum Facilities Guards (PFG) had earlier this month announced a shutdown of El Sharara oil field, located in Murzuq Desert southwest of Libya, to press for demands of more development.

On Wednesday, Al-Sarraj flew there to persuade protesters to end the shutdown. The protesters agreed but production had not restarted yet as oil workers were waiting for orders from the Tripoli-based National Oil Corporation.

Al-Sarraj and NOC chairman discuss the situation at El Sharara oilfield

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