The National Oil Corporation (NOC) shipped on Wednesday its first quantity of propane gas from the Zueitina port to Italy, estimated at approximately 61,761 barrels.

The NOC said in a statement that the shipment is the first of its kind to Italy in four years, since the gas plant at the port of Zueitina was shut down causing gas exports to Italy being halted.

Libya is considered to be one of the largest exporters of natural gas to Italy through Italy's oil giant Eni, which invests in Libya.