December 22, 2015 / 10:31 AM / 2 years ago

Eni CEO meets chairman of Libya's Tripoli NOC

MILAN, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Italian oil major Eni said on Tuesday its CEO had met the chairman of Libya’s Tripoli-based National Oil Corporation (NOC) to discuss the outlook for the oil sector in the country.

Eni, which has been present in Libya since 1959, said the two had expressed satisfaction with the recent agreement brokered by the United Nations which, they said, would help stabilise the country.

Four years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, the North African OPEC producer is caught in a conflict between its recognized government and a self-declared one controlling Tripoli.

The original NOC headquarters remain in Tripoli. But the eastern government of Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni has set up a parallel NOC.

Eni, which is the biggest foreign oil producer in Libya, said it was currently producing more than 300,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

The company’s CEO Claudio Descalzi said Tripoli’s NOC had always been its main interlocutor.

“I am very pleased that the collaboration with such an important partner as Eni continues without interruption,” NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla said. (Reporting by Stephen Jewkes)

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