Sanalla Restricts Kerosene Supplies to Libya’s Eastern Region – Al Marsad

Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC), headed by Mustafa Sanalla, announced Friday, in a blatantly partisan move, it was restricting supplies of kerosene (jet fuel) to Libya’s eastern areas under the control of the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Commander-in-Chief, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

[Libya, 6 September, 2019] –  Diplomats and oil officials have described, according to Reuters News Agency, that the restriction of kerosene supplies is an attempt to prevent the LNA forces from utilizing supplies in its five-month battle for control of the capital.

Alongside the data sent to Reuters in response to a request, the NOC announced in a statement that it “has stopped all additional fuel supplies until such time that assurances can be met that fuel is only being used for domestic and civilian aviation purposes, and reflects real consumption.”

Reuters reported that the data issued by the National Oil Corporation (NOC) shows that the supplies of kerosene to airports’ warehouses in the areas of central and eastern Libya, under the control of the Libyan National Army (LNA), fell to around 5.25 million liters last August, as per an NOC official.

The NOC statement elucidates the fact that the disruptions of some civil flights departing from, or arriving at, the Benghazi Benina International Airport (BEN) is due to jet fuel undersupply which caused inconveniences among travellers, passengers, and the general public who vented their anger at the air carriers, expressing their dissatisfaction for such disruptions. The NOC statement confirms the credibility of the issue of the jet fuel shortage which is acknowledged today by Sanalla through the affirmation by the National Oil Corporation (NOC).

Since the outbreak of the fighting in Tripoli, the NOC Chairman, Mustafa Sanalla, has intervened on more than one occasion in the ongoing war, even though the current conflict is not related to the oil sector. Sanalla has taken a hostile stance against the Libyan National Army (LNA) and his position has been characterized as completely partisan and unjustified. The externally oriented media propaganda he has engineered couched his actions over the past months under the pretext that the war in Tripoli had an impact on the oil sector. Yet this is contrary to the data provided by the NOC itself which has consistently shown high daily output rates accompanied by a significant increase in the country’s oil revenues from the oil fields and terminals under the control of the Libyan  National Army (LNA), refuting Sanalla’s allegations.

@ Al Marsad English (2019).

 

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