National Oil Corporation recently issued the following announcement.
Public Information Bulletin Monday 26 March 2020
NOC continues to work hard to serve all Libyans in every part of the country with fuels. Despite hardships and an illegal shut-down of many oil production and distribution facilities, NOC is still working to source and distribute enough fuels for all Libyans. This includes the Eastern region, where NOC has sent approximately 700 thousand tonnes of fuels since the start of January. NOC has spent over 300 million US dollars since the start of the blockade to purchase and transport fuels into Eastern Libya. This includes approximately 20 legitimate shipments of fuel imports just for the Eastern region. We call on those responsible for the illegal closures to immediately lift the imposed blockade and spare oil sector workers and citizens from more suffering. We call on the rest of the state’s bodies to maintain the remaining financial reserves and reduce their expenses. The low levels of supply in some areas means there is a risk of fuel shortages for some Libyans in the coming days. This may cause periods of power outage for some people in certain regions. This shortage is caused by the blockade. Tripoli storage depots and some of the surrounding areas and Southern regions are suffering from a lack of supplies due to the deteriorating security conditions. The city of Tripoli is supplied with hydrocarbons directly from the Tripoli port. NOC is taking action to protect staff and the public from the COVID-19 virus. Many staff are now working remotely, and all NOC venues are following new safety procedures that comply to guidance from the Libya National Center for Disease Control. Health and Safety teams in all NOC subsidiaries are now fully trained to deal with the situation. The current levels of production are 96,702 barrels a day, as of Wednesday March 25, 2020. Forced restriction of production has resulted in financial losses exceeding 3,653,496,124 USD since January 17, 2020. These are funds that could have been spent on medical supplies and equipment to help all Libyans deal with COVID 19. A gasoline tanker finished discharging at the Benghazi port today, Thursday March 26, 2020; while another gasoline and LPG tankers are expected to arrive at the port on Saturday March 28, 2020. The city of Tobruk and the rest of the Eastern region are being supplied by NOC directly from Benghazi. As part of its commitment to transparency, the NOC will continue to publish data on fuel stocks in Libya as well as details of shipments, to inform citizens of fuel availability in their area. Please beware of disinformation regarding the current fuel situation, published by non-NOC sources. This report is the only source of accurate and updated information. For more information about NOC activity please visit the official NOC Facebook page.
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