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NOC lifts force majeure on Zueitina oilfields and port – following Hariga and Brega

NOC lifts force majeure on Zueitina oilfields and port – following Hariga and Brega

Libya

By Sami Zaptia. London, 22 September 2020: Libya’s state National Oil Corporation (NOC) announced today that it has lifted force majeure on Zueitina oilfields and port. It said that it has over the past two days assessed the security at Zueitina oilfields and port which it reported showed a significant improvement in the security situation that allowed it to resume production and exports to world markets. Accordingly, it says the operator of Zueitina has been instructed to initiate production arrangements. The NOC said that it now classifies Hariga, Brega and Zueitina ports as ‘‘safe’’ and that the rest of its oil fields and ports are being evaluated in accordance with the occupational security and safety standards in place in the national oil sector. By ''safe'' the NOC means that the oilfields / ports are free from pro Khalifa Hafter local or foreign forces or mercenaries, including Wagner mercenaries. The NOC pointed out that  Zueitina Oil [...]
libyaherald, 2 days ago

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NOC to resume oil production-exports, but only from ‘safe’ oilfields and ports

NOC to resume oil production-exports, but only from ‘safe’ oilfields and ports

Libya

By Sami Zaptia. London, 20 September 2020: Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) announced yesterday the lifting of the status of force majeure for what it called safe oil fields and ports. It did not name the potential oilfields and ports. The NOC stressed the importance of adhering to professional and non-political principles in any arrangements related to the lifting of force majeure from oil fields and ports. To this end, the NOC declared the following: First, the lifting of force majeure at safe fields and ports; instructions have been given to the NOC’s  operators in all sedimentary basins, as well as the competent departments of the NOC to carry out their duties and resume production and exports from safe fields and ports. Secondly, the situation of force majeure continues in oil fields and ports which have confirmed presence of elements of the ‘‘Wagner gangs’’ and other armed groups that are obstructing the activities and operations of [...]
libyaherald, 4 days ago

Predicted: Politics

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The Maetig-Hafter proposal to resume oil exports: Analysis

The Maetig-Hafter proposal to resume oil exports: Analysis

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 19 September 2020: Just when you think Libya is complicated – it gets even more complicated. Khalifa Hafter and his international allies have on the issue of the oil blockade seemingly outmanoeuvred Faiez Serraj and his allies in western Libya. The Hafter camp has noted the splits in western Libya and especially the split within the Serraj-led Presidency Council and has taken full advantage of it. The statement issued by Hafter’s Libyan National Army (LNA) detailing their meeting and negotiations with Maetig and their planned meeting in Sirte promotes Maetig as the new interlocuter for the Hafter camp in western Libya. As Serraj would not talk to Hafter – Hafter found a replacement for him. But the LNA statement says that the oil will only be reopened for one month while negotiations led by Maetig take place. A stab in the back of Serraj by Maetig  - an attempted palace coup? Serraj’s Deputy, Misratan Ahmed Maetig, has gained [...]
libyaherald, 5 days ago

Predicted: Politics

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Siemens and ENKA inspect construction sites ahead of starting 1,300 MW power projects

Siemens and ENKA inspect construction sites ahead of starting 1,300 MW power projects

Libya

By Sami Zaptia. London, 14 September 2020: Germany's Siemens and Turkey's ENKA inspect new project site Tripoli West and Misrata construction sites Implementing contractors inspect logistics and security at sites Power generation projects to produce new 1,300 MW Generation needed to help Libya's c. 1,300 MW generation deficit Power plants to be ready before next summer's peak demand period Projects come as part of agreement by Turkish companies to resume Libya projects Resumption comes after Audit Bureau 20-day ultimatum to contractors to start or lose projects Lengthy power cuts have become a political issue threatening to bring down both governments Germany’s power generation giant, Siemens, and its Turkish implementing contractor, ENKA, inspected their Tripoli West and Misrata project sites today, the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) reported. They inspected logistical and security conditions at the sites. The projects are to generate a [...]
libyaherald, 10 days ago

Predicted: Politics

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E-banking: NCB launches updated MobiMal and Numu cards

E-banking: NCB launches updated MobiMal and Numu cards

Libya

By Sami Zaptia. London, 13 September 2020: Libya’s state National Commercial Bank (NCB) has announced the launch of the third version of its MobyMal card with increased services. It also announced the launch of its Numu card. With regards to the third version of MobyMal, the bank stated that this service will make it easier for customers to carry out their banking operations in safety. These services include: Switching from one card to another card Requesting a bank statement Stopping a lost cheque/card Paying the Madar mobile phone bill remotely charging a trading card, Raising the transfer ceiling to LD 8,000 per month Raising the transfer ceiling to LD 2,000 per day Raising the transfer ceiling to 4,000 dinars per week, Raising the daily card purchase ceiling to 100 dinars Numu card With regards to the local Numu card the NCB said it would enable customers to buy from shops without the need for cash, through the Point of Sale (POS) service available in [...]
libyaherald, 11 days ago

Predicted: Politics

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Audit Bureau refers staff member to Attorney General on suspicion of corruption

Audit Bureau refers staff member to Attorney General on suspicion of corruption

Libya

By Sami Zaptia. London, 11 September 2020: Libya’s Tripoli-based Audit Bureau announced yesterday that it had referred one of its employees to the Attorney General's Office on suspicion of bribery. It confirmed that it had lifted the employee’s legal immunity. The Audit Bureau said that it had discovered the incident last Tuesday, Audit Bureau head, Khaled Shakshak said he ‘‘will not hesitate in taking legal action against this corruption epidemic and its bearers until the country gets rid of it and recovers from it". He called on citizens, companies and institutions who are subjected to extortion, bribery or bargaining to obtain their rights and entitlements, not to bow to the corrupt, and not to hesitate to personally inform him of what they have been subjected to, pledging to do their utmost to enable them to obtain their full rights and to bring those involved to justice. He said this action comes as part of the anti-corruption efforts within state [...]
libyaherald, 13 days ago

Predicted: Politics

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Libya rates as most-worsened country in world for past decade: FSI

Libya rates as most-worsened country in world for past decade: FSI

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 10 September 2020: A report by Patricia Taft in the 2020 Fragile States Index (FSI) rates Libya as ‘‘the most-worsened country in the world for the past decade’’. It also holds the record for the greatest year-on-year worsening, when it worsened by 25.8 points in the 2012 FSI’’, the report says. The report says Libya has again ‘‘featured among the most-worsened countries, tying with Mozambique for the second most worsened country for the year’’. The report says that despite a surge of hope in January 2019, when a meeting in Berlin brought the main warring factions together with international stakeholders in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to secure a ceasefire, chaos continued to reign for most of the year. With an estimated 300,000 Libyans displaced since the ouster of Qaddafi in 2011, and thousands killed and injured by indiscriminate attacks on civilian population centres, Libya remained one of the world’s [...]
libyaherald, 14 days ago

Predicted: Politics

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Tripoli University Hospital’s Orthopaedic Department launches remote educational service

Tripoli University Hospital’s Orthopaedic Department launches remote educational service

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 5 September 2020: As part of its efforts in continuing medical education, the Educational Centre of the Department of Orthopaedic and Joints Surgery at the Tripoli University Hospital (TUH) launched on Thursday (3 September) medical training through video conference by directly linking doctors in a number of hospitals in Tripoli, Benghazi, Misrata and Sabrata, using Zoom technology. The educational program reviewed the services provided to two patients from hospitals in Tripoli. The head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr Saleh Abu-Mahara, confirmed that this programme is aimed at transferring experience between doctors remotely to upgrade the professional level in the field of medical work. He also added that it aims to build effective relations between doctors and medical institutions and qualify effective medical staff to be relied upon in orthopaedic surgery. He praised the ability of the department's doctors to meet all [...]
libyaherald, 19 days ago

Predicted: People and Culture

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Interior Ministry identifies shooter at demonstrators, refers him to Attorney General

Interior Ministry identifies shooter at demonstrators, refers him to Attorney General

Libya

By Sami Zaptia. London, 30 August 2020: The Faiez Serraj-aligned Interior Ministry based in Tripoli and led by Fathi Bashagha announced last Friday (28 August) that it had identified one of the suspected government-aligned shooters at the unarmed civilian demonstrators in Tripoli last Monday 24 August. The Ministry said that it had started investigations and questioning the suspect and had identified the (government recognized) force he is part of. It said it will refer him to the Attorney General after completing its investigations and will send a report to the prime minister. It will seek all those accused of targeting civilians threatening the lives of peaceful demonstrators. It warned demonstrators to keep to the law and demonstrate peacefully without causing damage to property and keep to their just demands peacefully and in a civilized and democratic manner. It will be recalled that the Interior Ministry aligned to the internationally recognized Libyan [...]
libyaherald, 25 days ago

Predicted: Politics

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UNSMIL dismayed by LNA aligned militias halting Traghen elections

UNSMIL dismayed by LNA aligned militias halting Traghen elections

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 27 August 2020: UNSMIL expressed its dismay by the halting of last Tuesday’s Traghen council elections by Libyan National Army (LNA)-aligned militias. The LNA is commanded by Khalifa Hafter. In its statement on Tuesday, UNSMIL said that ‘‘Municipal Council elections represent the vitality of the democratic process at the local level and UNSMIL warmly welcomed the elections that took place in Ghat last week. We are thus dismayed that today, in Traghen, an armed group affiliated with the "Libyan Arab Armed Forces" (LNA) , halted the elections scheduled for that municipality. It is a fundamental human right of the citizens of Traghen, and elsewhere, to elect their municipal councils and we deeply regret that they have been prevented from exercising their rights. The Mission reminds all parties in Libya of their obligations to act in accordance with international law and calls on them to protect democratic processes across the [...]
libyaherald, 28 days ago

Predicted: Politics

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