The Oil Corporation Of Libya Announced The Invasion Of Mercenaries From The Russian Federation On The Largest Field
The National Oil Corporation of Libya (NOC) is concerned about the presence of foreign fighters in the territory of the al-Sharara oil field.
"The national oil Corporation is deeply concerned about the presence of mercenaries from Russia and other countries at the al-Sharara field after a convoy of vehicles entered its territory on the evening of June 25, and a meeting was held with representatives of the site's security," the NOC said in a statement released on Friday.
"Libyan oil belongs to the Libyan people, and I completely reject the attempts of foreign powers to prevent the restoration of oil production. It is worth noting that many countries benefit from the fact that Libyan oil is not available in world markets. Some of them cynically regret that Libya is not yet able to establish production, while behind the scenes they support forces that slow down the process," NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla commented on the situation.
In early June, the Arab media reported the beginning of the resumption of production at the country's largest field, al-Sharara, and this was confirmed by the air force. "The first stage of production will begin with a capacity of 30 thousand barrels per day. It is expected that the return to full capacity will take 90 days due to damage caused by a very long shutdown," the Corporation said in a statement.
Production at the largest field begins after a six-month shutdown. In January 2020, the Libyan national army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, began blocking oil industry facilities on the eve of international talks in Berlin to normalize the situation in Libya. The list of these facilities includes marine export terminals, fields, and oil pipelines in the East and South-East of the country. As a result, the work of the country's oil infrastructure along the entire production chain from the extraction of raw materials to its implementation was paralyzed.
The operator of the al-Sharara project is a joint venture of NOC with France's Total, Spain's Repsol, Austria's OMV, and Norway's Equinor. Recovery of oil production in Libya is taking place against the backdrop of international efforts with the active participation of Russia to stabilize the political situation in the country.
In Libya, for a long time, there have been two parallel bodies of Executive power: the Saraja NTC, which meets in Tripoli, and the interim Cabinet of Abdullah Abdurrahman al-Thani, which operates in the East of the country and is supported by the LNA.
Meanwhile, on June 9, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said that information about the employees of the Wagner PMC fighting in Libya is based on falsified data and is aimed at discrediting Russian policy.
"Information distributed by several foreign sources, including the US State Department, about the presence of employees of the Wagner PMC in Libya and their participation in hostilities on the side of the Libyan national army of Khalifa Haftar is mostly based on falsified data and is aimed at discrediting Russia's policy in the Libyan direction," Bogdanov said in an interview with the Egyptian newspaper al - Ahram, the text of which was published on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.