Minister of Oil: Sanalla is withholding information from govt

Minister of Oil: Sanalla is withholding information from govt

July 04, 2022 - 16:50
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

Minister of Oil and Gas Mohamed Aoun says that he did not receive any production data since last April 3, as he accused the National Oil Corporation Chairman Mustafa Sanalla of withholding such critical information.

Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah has been informed of this, and the issue was raised at a cabinet meeting in Jadu town on June 23 last, the online news outlet, Fawasel quoted Aoun as saying.

According to Aoun, the PM addressed Sanalla three times, obliging him to send the reports to the relevant authorities, but he has not responded to date.

Aoun accused Sanalla of "infringement, arrogance, defiance, and disrespect of the law and his superiors," disclosing that he submitted a memorandum to the PM in this regard for the third time since no action has been taken against him.

Regarding the re-formation of the NOC’s management, Aoun confirmed the prime minister’s acceptance of the proposal and pledged to do so and to discuss the nominations for the post, which he refrained from revealing.

He also touched upon the issue of gas prices and the possibility of reviewing Libya's contracts with Eni in line with the Algerian Sonatrach, which announced an update of its gas prices.

According to Aoun, the contract between Libya and Eni provides for reviewing prices every three years and has a specific formula for calculating the price of gas.

It may be worth noting that Minister Aoun had requested the PM to issue a decision regarding changing the board of directors of the National Oil Corporation.