NOC: Millions of oil barrels vulnerable to explosion as specialists propose emptying depots

NOC: Millions of oil barrels vulnerable to explosion as specialists propose emptying depots

June 17, 2020 - 19:55
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

Specialists at the National Oil Corporation have predicted serious consequences for millions of oil barrels which are stored, as they are at risk of explosion and mass destruction, in the event that the oilfields and ports turn into areas of military operations, instead of oil fields.

NOC expressed in a statement on Wednesday its deep concern about the continued forced closures of oil facilities, which negatively impacted the surface facilities, transport pipelines and crude oil tanks, which led to the collapse of one of the tanks in Sharara field, in addition to the almost daily leaks of transport pipes and their negative effects on the surrounding environment.

At this time the National Oil Corporation expresses its regret for the militarization of the oil facilities and making that public, it nevertheless continues to fulfill its responsibilities as specialized teams conduct many technical consultations, public safety requirements, process safety and implement precautionary measures in anticipation of any emergency, in coordination with partners and within the framework of informing the Libyan citizen who has the real direct interest in their oil capabilities, the experts from the National Oil Corporation and its partners concluded the need to empty all crude oil stocks, and also to provide storage capacities to store condensate associated with the produced gas and so that the gas production does not stop after a few days, the gas is used to generate Electrical energy to all regions of the country .

The NOC implored all those responsible for the closures of its facilities to the need to neutralize the oil sector from any bargaining, and to the need to end the ongoing oil facilities closure immediately and allow the resumption of oil exports to ensure the achievement of the minimum revenues that will guarantee the Libyans the continuation of salaries and services and maintain the country's foreign exchange reserves.

"More tenacity and insistence on dealing with these vital capabilities of the country as war spoils, and a way to blackmail the NOC and prevent it from doing its work for the benefit of all Libyans, makes these oil facilities a hotbed of turmoil and war that will only bring destruction to these vital facilities, which means the destruction of the only source that feeds the Libyan people." NOC said.

Meanwhile, NOC Chief Mustafa Sanallah confirmed that all events are properly documented and reports have been submitted to local and international parties, and all those who tampered with the wealth of the Libyan people will be held accountable.

"Whoever it is, they will be accountable, as the law does not protect the fools, but at this stage we implore the wise men to allow the National Oil Corporation to commence its activities immediately and start emptying all the tanks and lines of crude oil, in order to protect the Libyan people's oil assets from destruction and the surrounding areas from environmental and health disasters that may occur in the event of any armed confrontations." Sanallah explained.