EXCLUSIVE-Libya's NOC says expects to regain Es Sider, Ras Lanuf oil ports

Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:24am GMT

* NOC chief says liaising with army on Es Sider, Ras Lanuf

* Production resuming, workers returning gradually

* Says Petroleum Facilities Guard should be placed under NOC

By Aidan Lewis

TUNIS, March 19 (Reuters) - Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) has been coordinating with military forces from eastern Libya and has "no reason to believe" it will not regain control of the Es Sider and Ras Lanuf oil ports, NOC's chairman said.

The loss and recapture of the ports this month by the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) had raised doubts over its willingness to let the Tripoli-based NOC manage the ports.

Revenue from the sites is controlled by a central bank and U.N.-backed government in the capital which pro-LNA factions oppose.

Eastern officials accuse rivals in Tripoli and the western city of Misrata of supporting a March 3 attack on the ports by a faction known as the Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB).

An oil guard commander appointed by the U.N.-backed government was deployed to secure them.   Continued...

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