Libya, San Marino Agree Oil and Gas Deal

Mohamed Aoun, the minister for oil and gas in Libya, said his country welcomes oil and gas cooperation with San Marino.

His remarks were made during a meeting with the ambassador of San Marino in Tripoli.

Aoun said the cooperation between the two countries in oil and gas would strengthen the relationship between them.

Both sides also discussed issues of interest for the two countries, according to the oil and gas ministry’s media office.

Meanwhile, Libya’s state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC) reported that the country’s daily oil production dipped by 100,000 barrels due to the inability to maintain damaged oil tanks caused by armed conflict.

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In a statement, the NOC said it is deeply concerned about reducing daily oil production due to the inability to maintain tanks damaged by war, as well as the disruption of some emergency projects.

According to Chairman Mustafa Sanalla of the NOC, 11 of the 19 oil tanks are currently out of service, making oil production impossible.

According to Sanalla, Waha Oil Company, which is engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas in Tripoli, “had to reduce its production by approximately 100,000 barrels per day as a result of the lack of storage capacity in the port of the Sirte Gulf.”

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NOC stated that bad weather closed most oil ports in the Sirte Gulf, but that the closure could have been avoided if proper infrastructure had been in place.

Libya’s primary source of revenue is oil and gas. In recent years, however, armed conflict and the closure of oil fields and ports have hurt the sector.

In a recent announcement, Sanalla announced that it would maintain a number of oil fields damaged by armed conflicts and terrorist attacks to maintain an average daily production of 1.2 million barrels.

Libya produced about 946,000 barrels of oil per day in January. 

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