Head of Libyan National Oil Company criticizes Zintan brigades
The chair of the Libyan National Oil Company (NOC), Mustafa Sanallah noted that attempts to raise Libya's oil output face numerous problems. Among them are pipelines closed off by the Zintan brigades from the western Al-Feel and Al-Sharara fields
|Sanallah said: “Both oilfields have an output capacity of 400 thousand barrels per day and Libya is definitely missing that because Zintani armed gangs had closed the Reyaina pipelines.” Sanallah said that the NOC is attempting to contact the armed group in order to convince them to allow maintenance personnel to reopen the pipelines. In July 2015 he said that the NOC had contacted Zintan Municipality but was unable to negotiate a solution. Sanallah claims the closure resulted in a loss to the Libyan treasury of 27 billion dollars, saying: “Libya has lost those billions over the acts of a heinous gang.” Sanallah said that the NOC tried to solve the issue through Zintani elders and notables to try and reach a settlement but to no avail and he claimed:|
“Even the city’s municipal members failed to oblige the gangs to implement the outcome statement of the July 07, 2016 meeting, in which Italian Eni Oil Company and Spanish Repsol Oil Company took part. We have fell back upon the judiciary and we contacted the General Attorney to arrest the gangs and bring them to justice after all our attempts to settle the issue went in vain.”It is doubtful that the General Attorney has any power to arrest Zintan brigade members.