Mustafa Sanalla, chairman of Libya's National Oil Corporation, greets guards at Sharara oil field near Ubari, Libya, July 6, 2017. Picture taken July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Aidan Lewis
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When the head of Libya's state energy company visited Sharara oil field in early July, community leaders and workers crowded into a conference room to ask about jobs, training and services for local people.Libya's National Oil Corporation raised output to more than 1 million barrels per day at the end of June for the first time since 2013, a feat that seemed near impossible after the chaos that followed the toppling of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011 .Even if the NOC can continue to stop the port and field blockades that crippled Libya's production in recent years, its goal of pushing production to 1.25 million bpd later this year will be difficult to achieve.Last summer, with production languishing below 250,000 bpd, Sanalla began a campaign against the blockades, crisscrossing Libya's huge landmass in an eight-seat propeller plane.Sanalla says politicians need to stop competing for control of oil resources and give the NOC the budget it needs.According to the central bank, oil revenues are expected to reach 16.6 billion Libyan dinars ($11.4 billion) this year, still well short of the 21 billion dinars needed for state salary payments alone.Sanalla says the NOC is doing what it can for communities near oil facilities, but it takes time.
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