National Oil Corporation (NOC) has expressed its deep concern regarding “the serious deterioration in the security situation” in areas surrounding oil facilities in the Gulf of Sirte.

Violent Clashes took place over July 16-17 in the Brega region, only hundreds of meters away from oil tanks, between armed groups called Al-Saiqa and the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG), all of whom belong to Khalifa Haftar. They exchanged gunfire using medium-sized, 23mm-caliber firearms and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), which reflects the lack of responsibility and military discipline among these armed groups, whose actions jeopardize oil facilities and threaten the safety of NOC workers as well the residents in the surrounding areas.

In light of these serious developments, NOC stressed the importance of evicting Wagner Group, Syrian and Janjaweed mercenaries from its facilities and calls for an end to the militarization of its installations under international supervision and the restructuring of security arrangements in oil regions to be under the protection of a professional, disciplined and independent security force.

NOC condemned the deployment of Wagner Group, Syrian and Janjaweed mercenaries in the oil installations, most recently at Es Sidra port, and NOC demands their immediate withdrawal from all facilities. NOC calls on the United Nations Mission in Libya to send observers to supervise the demilitarization in the areas of NOC operations across the country.

NOC’s primary concern is the safety and welfare of the 65,000 staff who work for the NOC across Libya. NOC Chairman Eng Mustafa Sanalla has instructed NOC managers to review safety measures in the light of the increased threats.

 

Source: Petroleum Africa

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