Libya’s newly established oil ministry drew the ire of a number of eastern-based National Oil Corporation (NOC) subsidiaries this week after it ordered a “temporary” halt to construction of a medical centre for oil workers in Benghazi. The ministry cites potential contractual irregularities for its decision.

NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla had only just laid the foundation stone for the clinic on 22 March, having assigned the project to NOC subsidiary Agoco. (CONTINUED - 105 WORDS)