Libya Allows Private Domestic Companies to Invest in Oil Production


Libya has announced that private domestic companies will now have the opportunity to invest in the country’s oil production sector, according to the National Oil Corporation (NOC).

The NOC’s Board of Directors has called on private firms to participate in this initiative, which is part of a strategy aimed at increasing oil production, and developing small oil fields.

To facilitate the process, a tender will be opened to receive investment proposals. Once received, the proposals will undergo a thorough technical evaluation, before being submitted to the NOC for approval, according to a statement.

Until now, domestic private companies were limited to activities such as drilling, transportation, and logistics. With this new decision, they will have the opportunity to engage in oil production—an area previously dominated by international energy giants.

This move marks a notable shift towards a more inclusive, and diversified oil industry in Libya.

It is worth noting that Libya was exempted from the decision taken by OPEC+ countries to reduce oil production.

On Sunday, the NOC reported the country’s crude oil sales for the second quarter of 2023.

In a statement, the NOC confirmed that the crude oil sales revenue deposited in the Libyan Foreign Bank (LFB) amounted to a substantial $4.681 billion dollars.
It added that oil products’ sales amounted to $196 million dollars, with gas and condensates contributing a further $121.905 million, while petrochemicals accounted for revenues of approximately $1.938 million during the same period.

Taken together, the NOC’s total revenue for this quarter impressively surpassed the $5 billion benchmark, culminating at $5.00146 billion. This data highlights the central role that the energy sector continues to play in bolstering Libya’s national economy, even as global oil markets navigate unpredictable shifts.

Libya boasts Africa’s largest proven oil reserves. With its close proximity to European markets, it has historically been a crucial supplier to this region. Oil exploration in Libya began in the 1950’s, and by 1970, it was producing over 3 million barrels per day. The nation’s wealth and economy have been tightly tied to the oil sector, which provides nearly all the government’s revenues and export earnings.

The country’s oil industry, however, has faced numerous challenges over the years. From international sanctions in the 2000’s to internal strife and civil conflict post-2011, these interruptions have caused significant fluctuations in oil production and export levels. Different factions vying for control led to periods of blocked exports and lowered production.

Nevertheless, the industry remains a focal point for both domestic politics, and international relations. Foreign investments, infrastructure development, and stabilisation efforts in the country often revolve around the oil sector. Furthermore, as global energy dynamics shift and evolve, Libya’s vast oil reserves will continue to play a significant role in the nation’s future, and its relationships with key international stakeholders.