War for oil riches is latest front in battle for Tripoli - The Libyan Report

War for oil riches is latest front in battle for Tripoli

A new front line has opened in Libya’s war, contested with disinformation, lobbying and propaganda rather than the force of arms.

As the capture of Tripoli slips further from the grasp of Marshal Khalifa Haftar, with his forces held at the southern outskirts of the capital, the focus has switched to the nation’s oil bounty.

Mustafa Sanalla, chairman of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) — the guardian of Libya’s oil wealth — is acutely aware of all that is at stake in the fight over the 1.2 million barrels per day the country produces.

“If the oil sector is divided, then Libya is destroyed,” he said in an interview with The Times, in the body’s headquarters in the centre of Tripoli. “The NOC is the…