Haftar Could Theoretically Take Over Libya’s Oil Exports Without Tripoli
As General Haftar continues his offensive designed to take control of Tripoli and oil revenues, he is using the National Oil Company (NOC) facilities for military purposes. He has seized the NOC’s airfield, taken over oil terminals to station warships and other military vessels of the LNA (Libyan National Army) and has been attempting to requisition NOC tub boats for his war effort as well. The Tripoli-based NOC describes it as the “militarization of the Libyan national energy infrastructure”. The NOC says that at this point, the General’s actions are threatening the oil company’s abilities to maintain operations.
More specifically, our sources in the NOC say that Haftar has taken the following moves to militarize the energy infrastructure:
- Es Sider Port: Haftar has seized the Es Sider airstrip for military use. There is a constant stream of military personnel entering the port of Es Sider, and attempting to requisition NOC vessels there.
- Ras Lanuf Terminal: Haftar is using this terminal to dock warships and other military vessels.
In other words, Haftar has turned Libya’s Oil Crescent into an all-encompassing military base, and in doing so is also turning the oil ports into arsenals from which he can receive more arms from external players. There are indications that the French delivered new weaponry to Haftar through Ras Lanuf…