Libya: Oil Minister Out

Libya has replaced its oil minister just as the country’s energy sector looks to have turned a corner, with crude exports picking up and production rising sharply.

Mustafa Sanalla, the head of state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC), became Acting Oil Minister on 20 August, taking over as deputy minister from ‘Umar Shakmak, who had in effect run the ministry after ‘Abd al-Bari al-‘Arusi resigned as minister in January. In addition to his new role, Mr Sanalla will remain at the helm of NOC.

The reshuffle comes as Libya is able to export crude with increasing regularity, and output is recovering. A tanker was due to complete loading crude at the Es Sider export terminal on 21 August, and a second is scheduled to lift crude the same day, said NOC spokesman Muhammad al-Harari. A further tanker will load crude at the port on Saturday, he added. (CONTINUED - 404 WORDS)