Libyan MP: Foreign Interference Will Lead to Oil Blockade

Libyan MP: Foreign Interference Will Lead to Oil Blockade
Libyan MP: Foreign Interference Will Lead to Oil Blockade

Libyan MP, Ismahan Baaloun said that a constitutional framework and timetable for elections will be issued this year, with unprecedented popular and international support.
In press statements, Baaloun added that the “countries of the eastern Mediterranean are seeking to exploit Libya’s internal disputes to advance their own interests.”

She pointed out that “external interference in Libya heralds the return of the oil blockade in the coming weeks.”

The MP explained that “Washington is pressing hard on all parties to prevent an all-out war led by Russia on Libyan soil.”

Notably, Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) announced that the Mellitah Oil & Gas Co (MOGCO) has successfully completed drilling operations of the FC-24 well in the El-Feel oil field, which started on 24 December.

The initial tests of the well showed production results ranging between 7,100-6,500 barrels per day.

Earlier, the Sirte Oil Company for Production, Manufacturing of Oil and Gas has embarked on applying smart field technologies for the first time in Libya.

These technologies aim to implement more efficient management of all production processes, through the high-speed flow of information from the wells to the monitoring and control rooms.

In a statement on its official website, the company stated that “this technology will provide an opportunity to improve and speed up appropriate decision-making, especially when used in vast fields such as the Zultan field. This will save time and effort, and through it, the operator of these wells will avoid interventions, and field visits to wells. This will positively be reflected, directly or indirectly, on improving productivity, reducing operational costs, and managing human resources more effectively.”

Libya has been in chaos since a NATO-backed uprising toppled longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The county has for years been split between rival administrations, each backed by rogue militias and foreign governments.

The current stalemate grew out of the failure to hold elections in December, and the refusal of Prime Minister Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba, who is leading the transitional government, to step down. In response, the country’s eastern-based Parliament appointed a rival Prime Minister, Fathi Bashagha, who has for months sought to install his government in Tripoli.