Oil Ministry Suspends Libyan NOC Chairman Sanalla

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The Libyan Oil Ministry has referred Mustafa Sanalla, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Oil Corporation (NOC), for administrative investigation.

In its decision, the ministry accused Sanalla of failing to comply with the set procedures and controls in obtaining prior permission from the Minister of Oil and Gas when undertaking any official assignment. As well as failing to provide the necessary reports on business assignments inside the country.

It also accused Sanalla of not adhering to the administrative hierarchy in administrative correspondence, and of attempting to organize the approved administrative apparatus of the Ministry of Oil and Gas.

The ministry added that Sanalla has refrained from transferring the sovereign departments (Inspection and Measurement Department – Corporate Accounting Department – International Cooperation Department) to the Ministry of Oil and Gas.

According to the ministry, Sanalla also violated legislation by regulating the work of the NOC by assigning a member of the NOC’s board to the duties of the Chairman.

The decision suspended Sanalla from his position until the end of the administrative investigation. The investigation will be made in accordance with the rules and procedures of the Administrative Control Authority.

A copy of the decision is to be sent to the Minister of Oil and Gas with a recommendation regarding the continuation of Sanalla’s suspension from work, or the lifting of this suspension.

Recently, the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) announced that the total oil revenues in August hit $1.9 billion, down from $2.1 billion in July.