Libya and Oil: Common Sense Prevails

By Sir Vincent Fean, The Ambassador Partnership LLP. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. Sir Vincent Fean’s 39 years of diplomatic experience include serving as Consul-General in Jerusalem, Ambassador to Libya (2006-10), and High Commissioner to Malta.  An Arabist, he has engaged […]

France, Italy, UK, US Welcome Resumption of Oil Production

The leaders of France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States issued a statement on the resumed work of Libya’s National Oil Corporation on behalf of all Libyans: “The Governments of France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States, recalling their statement of 27 June 2018, welcome the announcement that Libya’s National Oil […]

Libya’s Largest Offshore Gas Field comes Onstream

The National Oil Corporation (NOC) and Eni announce that Mellitah Oil & Gas, an Eni and NOC joint venture company (50/50), has started production in the first well of the offshore Bahr Essalam Phase 2 project. This comes just three years after the final investment decision. Two further wells will begin production within a week. […]

IOM asks Libya Not to Send Migrants Back to Detention

William Lacy Swing, head of IOM, the UN Migration Agency, appealed to the Libyan authorities to stop detaining migrants after they have been intercepted by the Coast Guard after seeking to cross the Mediterranean. IOM also seeks to speed up the process of voluntary return of migrants to their countries of origin. “In my meeting […]

Libya announces Reopening of Oil Terminals

The National Oil Corporation (NOC) has announced the lifting of force majeure at the ports of Ras Lanuf, Es Sider, Hariga (pictured) and Zuetina after the facilities were handed over to the corporation this morning, July 11, 2018. In a statement, the NOC said: “Production and export operations will return to normal levels within the […]

Sirte, Hariga Blockade Costing Libya $67m/day

National Oil Corporation (NOC) chairman Mustafa Sanalla has met with the new US Charge d’Affaires to Libya, Mr Joshua Harris. Mr Harris took up the post succeeding Ms Stephanie Williams, who was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs in Libya. The two parties discussed recent events […]

€90.5m from EU to Strengthen Border Management

EU Trust Fund for Africa: additional €90.5 million to strengthen border management and protection of migrants in North Africa The European Commission has approved 3 new migration-related programmes in Northern Africa totalling more than €90 million. This follows last week’s European Council’s conclusions in which Leaders committed to stepping up support along the Central Mediterranean […]

Meeting addresses Property Disputes in Libya

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the Libyan branch of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are currently hosting a meeting in Tunis to address the legacy of land and property violations in Libya from Ottoman times to the post-revolutionary period. The two-day meeting will involve experts, activists, and officials to identify […]