Libya: NOC’s press-release , trying to bloc oil export by eastern administration

Libya’s National Oil Corporation yesterday notified the Presidency Council of an attempt by the parallel administration in Beyda to export oil illicitly from Libya and to circumvent its legitimate monopoly on oil exports.

“Agoco, our subsidiary in the east, was instructed yesterdayby a Beyda official to load a ship at Marsa el-Hariga,” said NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla. “I notified Prime Minister Serraj and the Presidency Council, who understoodimmediately the seriousness of the issue and took the necessary steps to stop the vessel from loading.”

“Agoco employees and port officials understood this was a political attempt to divide the country, and I am very proud that they resisted the pressure to load this vessel,” said Sanalla. “This had the potential to be a very ugly incident and I am pleased that it has been resolved peacefully without injury to anybody or loss of revenue or damage to the integrity of NOC or the country.”

A document sent by Almabruk Sultan, appointed international marketing manager of NOC by the parallel administration, instructed Agoco to load 650,000 barrels of oil on April 21-23at Marsa el-Hariga for DSA Consultancy FZC, a company registered in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The vessel in question, Distya Ameya, is Indian flagged and has IMO number 9077343

Through the Libyan mission to the United Nations, the Presidency Council notified the UN Security Council’s Libya sanctions committee that the attempted export breached UNSC resolution 2278.

The vessel arrived at Marsa al-Hariga last night at 0130 but was not cleared to load and remains at anchor. 

“We have been in communication with the master of the ship,” said Sanalla. “We have informed him he is breaching UN resolutions and we have asked him to leave Libyan waters immediately. He has turned off his vessel’s tracking system.”

The fixing of the Distya Ameya is the culmination of a long campaign by DSA Consultancy to illicitly load Libyan oil, and follows several frustrated attempts by the UAE company to charter vessels under contract with the parallel administration. 

“There is only one National Oil Corporation. DSA Consultancy has no relationship with it, and has no legal contract to buy Libyan oil,” said Sanalla. “The crude oil DSA intended to load was already committed to other buyers. I hope this has been an expensive lesson to them and others.”

NOC 22 April 2016

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Libya: Khoms Port police seize money laundering containers

Khoms police reported yesterday that it has stopped containers of goods purported to be part of a money-laundering operation. Its Counter Crime Unit stopped the seven containers after they had exited the city’s port.

The containers were supposed to contain foodstuffs according to declared documentation and hard currency letters of credit (LC).

The Counter Crime Unit did not give the exact value of the transaction but reported that the LC was opened in the ‘’millions of dollars’’. The case was seen as further possible evidence of the widespread money-laundering and ‘’exhaustion of assets of the country and abuse of public funds’’.

Upon inspection, the seven containers were found to contain a front row of relatively inexpensive boxes of tea and the rest of the containers were full of even more inexpensive boxes of water.

In March, Khoms police reported that it had also seized containers supposedly full of household goods, but again these only had a front row of household goods – with the rest of the containers full of the more lucrative fireworks.

It will be recalled that there have been a number of cases over the last year of money-laundering through the opening of hard currency LCs, only for the alleged criminals to import goods either at the fraction of the value of the LCs – or to even send empty containers to Libya.

There have been reported cases where the beneficiaries of the money-laundering LCs have all together abandoned their containers in Libyan ports.

The Central Bank of Libya and Audit Bureau have been conducting a campaign to counter this phenomenon. Critics have accused the CBL of acting too late.

LH 12.4.2016

 

Libya: NOC welcomes UN Security Council Resolution 2278 regarding illicit oil shipments

The National Oil Corporation of Libya welcomed the decision yesterday of the United Nations Security Council to extend its ban on exports of oil from Libya by the NOC .

Resolution 2278, passed by the council on March 31, “condemns attempts to illicitly export crude oil from Libya, including by parallel institutions which are not acting in reality.
It also expresses concern that “the illicit export of crude oil from Libya undermines the Government of National Accord and poses a threat to the peace, security and stability of Libya.”

“We have been working with Prime Minister Serraj and the Presidency Council to put this period of divisions and rivalry behind us,” said NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla. “We have been looking to the future, and now we have a clear international legal framework in place.”

“Combined with the recent announcement by the Petroleum Facilities Guard that it intends to reopen export ports it has been blockading, I hope NOC and the country’s oil resources can provide a solid platform on which the country’s recovery can be built for the benefit of all Libyans,” said Mr Sanalla.

Finally The National Oil Corporation has continued to perform its duties and responsibilities across the entire Libyan territory in accordance with its mandate as an institution respecting all applicable laws. This would not have been possible without those employed by NOC and its companies’, as well as a special mention of our gratitude to the international community and those countries whom we count on as being as Friends of Libya.

These countries have helped to protect Libya’s sovereignty by preventing division within one the country’s pillar institutions during a two-year period of political conflict. Libya’s NOC must also pay tribute to its international partners as well as IOCs, including the major oil companies, and NOCs who have supported and respected the independence of this institution, allowing it to maintain a neutral position while operating during this challenging period.

As we look ahead, the NOC reminds its partners subsidiaries and affiliates to remain committed to their professional duties, responsibilities, and values. This commitment serves as a precedent to all Libyans that the NOC will ensure that we will spare no effort in preserving the capabilities of the country’s oil sector.

NOC Chairman: Mustafa Sanalla

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