The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – The Tripoli-based National Oil Corporation (NOC) confirmed in a statement on Monday a “security breach” at El Sharara oil field.
According to NOC, in the early hours of Monday “an armed group attacked a member of the site’s civil guard, physically assaulting and restraining him, before stealing six air conditioning units.”
“In a separate incident, another group of criminals forced their way into the field’s support facility, breaking the gates at a catering warehouse prior to stealing vital goods.”
NOC expressed its grave concern at this latest security breach which the Corporation described as “symptomatic of ongoing security failures and the inability of forces assigned to protect this field of national importance.”
The statement concluded by quoting NOC chairman, Mustafa Sanalla, as saying, “restructuring our security provision has to be a top priority for everyone in order to prevent further damage to the Libyan economy and the future of our country.”
Last December, El Sharara was shut down by a group of tribesmen calling themselves the Fezzan Anger Movement and a local unit of the Petroleum Facilities Guards (PFG) to press for demands of more development.
Chairman of the Presidential Council, Fayez 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.