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NOC blames distribution companies for fuel shortage in Tripoli

Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) and its subsidiary, Brega Petroleum Marketing Company (BPMC) submitted a formal complaint to the Presidency Council, saying that distribution companies are partially responsible of the fuel crisis in Tripoli, Nafusa Mountains, and southern regions.

The media office of the NOC released the complaint on Wednesday, describing it as one of the causes of the fuel crisis.

The NOC said four distribution companies: ٍSharara Oil Services, ِAl Rahila, Libya Oil, and Highway Services, did not receive their full fuel allocations during the Eid al-Adha holiday between August 10 and 13, estimated at 15 million liters, but actually received about 6.054 million liters, about 40% of the agreed allocations.

Both NOC and BPMC stressed the necessity that the Presidency Council open an investigation into the failure of distribution companies in carrying out their job.

Several areas in the oil-rich country have been suffering from frequent fuel shortages over the past years, mainly due to armed conflicts and smuggling.

In February, NOC said the fuel smuggling activity is currently costing the Libyan state over $750 million annually, and the Attorney General had issued arrest warrants for 103 fuel station owners involved in smuggling and the illegal disposal of fuel.

The Attorney General also ordered the Central Bank of Libya to freeze the accounts of those suspects in all banks operating in Libya.

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