National Oil Corporation (NOC) called for "urgent U.S. intervention to help" end the oil crisis in Libya. NOC Chair Mustafa Sanalla delivered this message when meeting American Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland in Tunisia last Wednesday.
Sanalla said he discussed the economic and humanitarian impact of the ongoing oil blockade by LNA-linked tribes, as well as the LNA airstrikes on the port of Tripoli recently. According to Sanallah, "the Libyan economy is sliding into a crisis and more Libyans are suffering. (the) attack on the port of Tripoli is totally unacceptable. Hospitals, schools and public services are experiencing power and fuel shortages due to the actions of those who seek to divide Libya."
He added that NOC is doing what it can to reach a sustainable solution for an end to the violence. Sanallah's statement claimed that the U.S. ambassador expressed the White House's deep concern over the attacks (Feb 18) on the port, which prevented the deliveries of fuel for civilian use.
Sanallah is "hopeful that the U.S. will continue their efforts to broker peace so that Libya's economy can slowly rebuild and work towards prosperity for all Libyan people. We urgently need U.S. leadership to help end the oil embargo... to prevent major damage to the national infrastructure."
The damage goes well beyond the near-term losses although they are significant to the war torn country. Production is currently down to just under 136,000 barrels per day (bpd), a loss so far of over $1.6 billion (since Jan. 18). The production levels were around 164,000 bpd until last week and over 1.2 million bpd prior to the blockade.