The Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) has condemned the attempt to divide Brega Petroleum Marketing Company (BPMC) and warned such an attempt puts Libya at risk of partition.
"NOC condemns attempts to divide its subsidiary Brega Petroleum Marketing Company, and rejects false allegations that fuel supplies to the Eastern region are inadequate." The NOC said in a statement on Thursday.
The NOC said its board rejects the establishment of a parallel board of directors for the BPMC by the so-called Interim Government in eastern Libya.
"The Board stresses that the unity and sole legitimacy of NOC and its subsidiaries is enshrined in Libyan law and protected by UN Security Council resolutions." It added.
The Chairman of NOC Mustafa Sanallah said NOC rejects any attempts to partition and politicize Libya’s oil sector to serve narrow interests and foreign agendas.
"Fuel supply to the eastern and central regions is more than adequate for civilian purposes. The real motive behind this attempt is to set up a new illegitimate entity for the illegal export of oil from Libya." Sanallah explained.
He added that the NOC is exploring all legal and diplomatic measures, and puts all companies operating on the oil market on notice that any attempt to deal or sign contracts with this false company is a clear violation of Security Council resolutions.
"NOC will pursue all legal avenues available to secure Libya’s unity.” Sanallah remarked.
Observers believe that the east-based Interim Government's plan to establish a parallel Brega Company is a reaction to a previous decision by the NOC to cut off extra fuel supplies to eastern region, especially kerosene, saying the region has more than enough kerosene for the civilian planes and fears that over-demands are meant to supply military warplanes for the ongoing conflict in Tripoli.