Libya’s oil blockade imposed by Khalifa Hafter on the eastern oilfields was miraculously lifted yesterday 24 hours after Mustafa Sanalla was replaced by Farhat Bengdara as chairman of the National Oil Corporation (NOC).
The lifting of the blockade was announced in a statement in Benghazi by the so-called wise men and notables of the eastern Oil Crescent in the presence of Bengdara.
In the statement, the leader of the notables claimed that Sanalla had failed to meet their demands for improvements, but that new chairman Bengdara had agreed to their demands, including the just distribution of oil revenues amongst Libya’s three historical regions and various sector and local grievances such as late salaries, training and pay rises. As a result, they announced that the oil blockade had been ended.
Bengdara then made a statement of his own in which he immediately announced that the NOC had lifted its force majeure on oilfields and ports and was to resume oil production and exports.