Eng. / Mustafa Sanalla said that "the quantities that have been consumed from the diesel product at Zawia power plant after the crime of closing of the gas pipeline valve at Bir Terfas are about forty thousand (40,000) metric tons costing approximately US $18,500,000. This loss is to be added to other losses related to this heinous crime in terms of the increase of smuggling operations and the increase of people's consumption of cooking gas, kerosene for heating and diesel fuel to operate their power generators in addition to other material losses resulted from the power failure. The fuel smugglers and crises dealers are the only ones who benefit from such humanitarian catastrophe".
With reference to NOC statement, dated 10 January 2017, on closing the gas pipeline valve that feeds Zawai power station in Alharsha and affiliated to Sirte Oil Company for Production & Processing of Oil and Gas by a group of individuals forcibly in Bir Terfas District and which resulted in the loss of huge quantity of this station’s production due to compulsion to operating the station by using diesel fuel and the consequences arising thereof including huge financial costs on the public treasury, the situation’s development into a humanitarian disaster on the national level as a result of the blackout and a thorough collapse of the power network in most of the country regions in the evening of 14 January 2017. This resulted in the death of some people because of the power failure and the severe hardship that our people live particularly in the South and the remainder parts of the country due to this crisis.
National Oil Corporation confirms that a group of individuals closed the natural gas pipeline valve that feeds the power plant at Bir Terfas district in Zawia city resulting in the loss of huge amount of this station’s production because of the resort to use diesel to operate the station and the consequences resulted thereof, as mentioned in the Statement by the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL), as well as the financial implications that will lead to increasing the fuel imports and the associated smuggling crimes that will occur in Zawia city.
Eng. / Mustafa Sanalla, NOC Chairman of the Board of Directors, said: “I was deeply hurt by the story I heard yesterday of a Libyan family who suffocated to death as a result of using charcoal for heating due to the power cuts. This family is one example of thousands of tragic cases that the ordinary desperate Libyan citizen suffers from because of the criminal practices by the gangs who smuggle the subsidized fuel across the borders and because of everyone who closes a field or hinders the operations of a productive public facility. The millions that the country loses because of these gangs’ crimes could have been used in improving the power networks and the maintenance of the power plants in order to solve the rotational load shedding problem”
On the 4th of January 2017, Eni North Africa (Eni-NA) has spud its exploration well B1-16/3 in Contract Area “D” (NC41), offshore Libya. The Area was granted to Eni-NA under EPSA IV contract model signed between the company and Libya National Oil Corporation (NOC) in 12 of June 2008.
Within the framework of the distinct and brotherly relationship between the two countries and within his official visit program to the Arab Republic of Egypt, Eng. / Mustafa Sanalla, Chairman of the Board of Directors, met with H. E. Mr. / Tareq el Molla, the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources in the Arab Republic of Egypt, on Wednesday 21 December 2016 in order to discuss aspects of mutual cooperation between oil and gas companies in the two countries and to benefit from the expertise of the Egyptian companies in some relevant works in Libya.