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NOC Board Member says production risen after LNA secured oilfields; calls on Sanalla not to drag NOC in political conflicts

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

BENGHAZI – Board member of the National Oil Corporation (NOC), Jadallah Al-Awakli, affirmed that oil production has risen to 1 million and 300,000 b/d after the Libyan National Army (LNA) secured the country’s oilfields.

Speaking exclusively to The Address, Al-Awakli criticized a statement made by NOC chairman, Mustafa Sanalla, in which he denounced LNA’s military operation in Tripoli.

“What Mustafa Sanalla is doing in terms of politicizing the Corporation, which should stay away from any political conflicts, is a very dangerous thing,” he said.

Al-Awakli pointed that El Sharara oilfield was kept shut by militias which blackmailed NOC for months before LNA finally drove away these militias and secured the oil facility.

Arabian Gulf Oil Company, Ras Lanuf Oil and Gas Processing Company and other stated-owned oil companies in Libya have also condemned in separate statements Sanalla’s remarks, which the companies deemed to be threatening to the NOC.

Ras Lanuf Oil and Gas Processing Company (RASCO) has confirmed that there are no foreign battleships in the city of Ras Lanuf. RASCO affirmed that all battleships and military vehicles in the city belong to the LNA, which works to protect the city’s ports and oilfields from terrorist and criminal attacks.