Libyan oil chief and US Department of State discuss NOC’s boosted output plans

September 12, 2019

The Chairman of the Libyan National Oil Company (NOC) Mustafa Sanallah discussed with Department of Energy’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Zais and US ambassador to Libya Richard Norland NOC plans to increase production through enhancements to facilities and improved security to attract US private investment.

US embassy in Libya said on Wednesday that the meeting in Washington D.C. demonstrated US support of the NOC’s goal of remaining a non-partisan, technical agency as it works to ensure that Libya’s oil production and revenues directly improve the lives of the Libyan people, as outlined in UN Security Council resolutions.

The US ambassador, meanwhile; reaffirmed his country’s support of a UN-led political settlement to the crisis and the NOC’s central role in promoting stability and shared prosperity in Libya.

On Monday, Sanallah met with US Assistant Secretary of State, David Schenke, and ambassador Richard Norland in Tunisia, where the US officials reiterated their country’s support for the NOC, saying it should be neutral and resourceful in order to work for all Libyans, adding Libyan oil revenue must remain under the oversight of the Tripoli-based NOC.