Presidential Council scraps oil ministry, shares its authorities with NOC

Presidential Council scraps oil ministry, shares its authorities with NOC

March 27, 2017 - 22:44
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The UN-proposed government's Presidential Council (PC) has issued a new order that divides the authorities and specialties of the Oil and Gas Ministry between the Prime Ministry and the National Oil Corporation (NOC).

According to the order, the PC will be the supervisor of investments into the oil resources in Libya as well as of developing it and proposing the necessary legislations in this regard, not to mention approving the projects and plans that aim at boosting the oil production in the country.

The PC will also be responsible for contracting as well as issuing investment licenses and issuing or canceling contracts to extract oil, let alone pricing crude oil and gas.

The NOC will take up, in addition to its specializations, the executive plans in the field of oil industry and projects in oil and gas sectors, besides supervising the execution stages after the plans had been approved. In addition, it will bes tasked with using state-of-the-art methods to better invest in Libya's oil fortune.

"The NOC will monitor the production and exportation processes, name Libya's representatives to attend meetings and conferences in the Arab world and all over the world, after consulting the Prime Minister. It will also suggest giving or taking away investment licenses, and specifying the daily oil and gas production in the country." The order reads.

The order strips Mustafa Sanallah of the authorities of the Minister of Oil, which he has been practicing since the deputy minister Omar Al-Shakmak resigned in 2014.

Meanwhile, when Fayez Al-Sirraj was appointed a PM for the UN-proposed government, he did not appoint a minister for the oil and gas ministry.

The order of the PC will practically undermine the authorities the NOC has in the oil sector and will be a big blow to the efforts the Tobruk-based House of Representatives is exerting to control the Libyan oil production, especially after the the declaration of separation between Tripoli-based NOC and the parallel NOC in east Libya and after Khalifa Haftar had put his grip on the entire oil crescent region.