NEO – Libyan Oil Sector Under Assault

Post Gaddabi Lybia is burning itself down. Who shares the blame?
Post Gaddabi Lybia is  burning itself down. Who shares the blame?
Post-Gadaffi Libya is burning itself down. Who shares the blame?

… by  Yuriy Zinin,   …with  New Eastern Outlook,  Moscow


Lybian oil export fratricide continues
Libyan oil export fratricide continues

[ Editor’s Note: When I saw this photo of the raging oil fire, the symbolism of Libya burning itself down was self evident. VT supported the Libyan revolution, simply to allow those who had to live with the corrupt boot on their necks have a chance to run their own government.

Sure, we knew that North Africa has a long history of endless tribal competition and infighting, something manipulated by the past colonial powers as part of their divide and conquer game to prevent any serious opposition for being able to throw their colonial masters out.

We now see Libya worse off than having Gaddafi’s boot on its neck. Now there are thousands of militia thug boots doing what Gaddafi used to do… with the national income down 80%.

When I saw the pattern of those who were not winning elections choosing to become “wreckers” — holding the oil exports hostage, even crashing them, throwing billions in national income away — I knew these people were descending into a black hole.

With the UN attempting to work out a political settlement, the grabbing of all the oil properties was no surprise. As the old saying goes here in the US in legal disputes… possession is 9/10ths of the law.

These different factions have no intention now of ever having real jobs. They have tasted the power of the gun and entitlement of becoming mini-Gaddafis, and a scourge upon their fellow citizens.

The loss of the Libyan exports on the world market is actually a good thing for the other producers, or there would be an even bigger glut and more downward price pressure. So these competitive producers are in no rush to see oil exports return to normal.

The productive people of Libya did not deserve this – the law of the gunman over the rule of law. What we have here is an entity that is referred to as a country, but obviously is not one.

I fear that things could get worse before they get better, with part of that being the reinforcing of the colonial stereotype that these “little people” are not mature enough to govern themselves. They need a strong man to rule over them with an iron fist… for their own good… Jim W. Dean ]


–  First published …  March 15,  2015 


Libya oil sector

Since the beginning of March this year, against the background of ongoing civil strife in Libya, a wave of violence has covered a large number of oil-producing areas in the country.

Eleven oil fields, el-Bahi, Zakhra, el-Mabrouk, el-Ghani and others, located 700-km southeast of Tripoli were subjected to attacks by armed militias. Many believe them to be supporters of ISIS. During these skirmishes, 11 local guardsmen were killed, 7 foreign experts were kidnapped and several objects were lit on fire.

It was inevitable for violence to hit the Libya’s oil sector with the country having been plunged into anarchy after Gaddafi’s overthrow from power three and a half years ago.

“Pre-revolutionary” Libya’s oil production of about 1.6 million barrels per day dropped to 800 thousand barrels in 2012 and 350 thousand barrels by the end of 2014. This decline has snowballed due to the actions of former rebel groups. Reacting to their liberation they began to blackmail the central government with impunity in order to obtain a piece of the country’s oil pie.

Since the summer of 2013, militants have blocked operations of a number of terminals for the exportation of black gold in the east and have begun to smuggle the commodity that is the property of the Libyan people. Ali Zeidan, the Libyan Prime Minister at the time, tolerated the situation and was replaced in the spring of 2014.

After that the dissension in the Libyan leadership reached its peak and two military-political camps were formed. One with its own government and parliament in Tripoli and the other in Tobruk (1200-km to the East), recognized by the international community.

The degree of alienation and intransigence of the two camps has not diminished. They have failed to stop battles between their armed factions. Negotiations between delegates from both sides under the auspices of the United Nations are at a sluggish flow — from Ghadames (southern Libya) and Geneva and at present to Morocco.

United Nations special envoy to Libya Bernardino León (C) welcomes representatives of Libya's warring factions prior to talks in Geneva, on January 14, 2015
UN special envoy to Libya Bernardino León (C) welcomes representatives of Libya’s warring factions prior to talks in Geneva, on January 14, 2015

It is clear that the oil sector has become a hostage to this conflict. Libya has seven oil ports on the Mediterranean coast, three of them — El-Hariga, Az-Zuwaytinah and el-Briga in the eastern part of the country — are under the control of the government of Tobruk. 

El-Hariga is the largest and its oil supply comes from the oil fields in the south of the country, Sarir and Misalla.

The other two, As-Sidra and Ra’s Lanuf, are a stumbling point between the parties. At the end of 2014 “Libyan Dawn”, a group of militia loyal to Tripoli, launched two attacks on the men loyal to Tobruk near Ra’s Lanuf. In the course of these attacks, large oil reservoirs were set ablaze, that took more than a week to put out, to hamper oil exports.

Planes used by Tripoli loyalists tried to bomb one of As-Sidra’s export terminals but were fought back by gunfire from the Tobruk opponents’ anti-aircraft defences.

The rest of oil facilities in the west of the country are in the hands of forces under the auspices of the government of Tripoli. One of them, As-Zawiya, can’t accept oil tankers because the pipeline that provides its oil from the el-Sharara oil field is closed.

The Libyan National Oil Company recently announced a force majeure situation and threatened to close all ports and oil fields if fighting at these facilities continue. This is a sure sign that it will not assume its responsibilities of fulfilling previously-signed contracts to supply hydrocarbons. And this effectively increases the concern over safety of foreign employees working in Libya.

Libya’s budget depends almost entirely on oil exports. Exports brought in about $47 billion to the treasury (the country produced about 2% of world oil production) in 2010. In Libya some of the world’s largest corporations are present: BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Eni, Total, Occidental Petroleum, ConocoPhillips, OMVI as well as some Russian corporations.

Oil is the Libyan people and other Arab nations’ heritage and a powerful tool for development, economic growth and progress. However after the so called “colour and democratic” revolutions supported from outside it risks becoming not only a source of wealth but also of strife in society and funding Islamic extremist activities that has raised its head in the Middle East.

An example of this is the activities of ISIS that uses money, gained from occupied oil territories in Syria and Iraq, to finance their evil designs in order to reverse the course of the movement of this region.___

Yuriy Zinin, Senior Research Fellow at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.


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  1. Sincerely, vt sounds mire like nytimes when it comes ti gaddaffi. Seruously, what is vt beef with gaddaffi? What is all these lies? This articles seems right out of protocols of zions – make believe, lies. Seriously, did vt think al-cia da will provide good governance?

  2. Apologies Jim. I had no intention to break with your comment rules or spam. However since there was a Western Media blackout on what we were “supposed” to see coming out of Libya, I felt this added another dimension to the story. Hope you find this description sufficient.
    It was the speech of Colonel Gaddafi to millions of his supporters massed in Tripoli in 2011 at the time of the NATO invasion.

  3. [Blind link removed. You cannot dirent VT readers away from our website to view something they won’t know what it is until after watching it. You have to describe well what is at the link or you are spamming. If you want to apply to publish material on VT email me a resume like all the writer prospects do. Thanks…Jim W. Dean]

    Does this give you the impression of a “corrupt boot on the neck”?

    (Speech worth listening to)

  4. Yep, just want to add my voice to the many who objected here to the “corrupt boot on the neck” label.
    Check out the crowds who rallied for him in last speech in Tripoli during the NATO bombardment which wasn’t shown of Western media,(we only got served up the fake qatar “green square” studio set, with a handful of paid “rebels”). Was it set up for media “show”? Western Media were not present and would not have reported it if they were as it would have ruined the narrative we were sold for war. Compare the two and draw your own conclusions.
    Whatever you think of Gaddafi, he did incredible work for his country which in 40 years was transformed from an impoverished, illiterate desert kingdom under western puppet pedophile king Idris, into a modern, thriving state without incurring any external debt from the zionist rothschilds bankers, in a direct , participatory democracy (as opposed to the 2 party fake representive farce we have in the west).

    Was he mad? possibly, (arent we all) but it was not the psychopathic rabid invading madness of the NATO leaders, and certainly a madness many would prefer to live with than the criminal, predatory madness of an obama, cameron or a sarkozy.

    The demonisation campaign was thorough….sorry to see it repeated here.

  5. Ghaffy was up to all kind of things. He built a huge dirt airstrip near the village of Po in south central Burkina Faso which is now overgrown. I have stood on it. Not sure what it was for.

    He also once sent a military column south I believe towards Niger which killed a famous tree. There was a tree in the southern Libyan desert, famous because it stood alone in the desert, the only tree in the whole Sahara Desert until you drove 400 another miles further south. Anyhow the lead vehicle in his miliary column ran into and killed it by accident. The tree is now in a museum I think in Niger.

    In the 1930’s, when the French controlled the Sahara, there were good roads and protective forts all over the Sahara.

    I once knew an old man, now long gone, who drove across the Sahara more than 30 times. He would drive from Hamburg, Germany to the Cameroons, go on safari for four months and then drive back. Because of his knowledge of the desert he became Irwin Rommel’s bat boy or adjutant in the desert. I thought he was BS’ing me when he told me this until I saw Rommel in a magazine photo and there was this old boy in his twenties standing right beside Rommel.

    He was alot younger in the photo so I showed it to his wife and she confirmed that it was him as a young man.

  6. “… CNN did a video tour of the place where notes and postings all over the place were in English and Hebrew, with the equipment being French.”

    Any chance that equipment was from before the Empire decided Gaddafi was more useful dead than alive? Sometimes bankster bribes don’t work or stop working — just ask JFK.

  7. yeah Gadaffi was a dictator, in his 40 years he did more for his people and country than anyone ever before him. just like Syria, they sent in mercenary terrorists posing as “rebels”. Gadaffi offered them land and help to develop it, was NOT their agenda, they wanted to take over.
    “boots on the neck”? I suppose Assad has boots like that now too, right?

    “best buds with the neocons”, so was the Saddam they baited into conflict with Iran.
    Gadaffi was trying to deal with China, not knowing China has been a puppet since the opium wars, the puppet masters made sure to take care of him quickly, just like Saddam.
    I’m not saying they were saints, or Assad either, but I do think you goofed and the majority of comments are spelling it out.. whoopsie!

    • Yeah, its a shame it had to go on all the way to Syria before VT realized they had been scammed by the JWO. I admit I swallowed the boxcutters and bin laden scam and was in favor of going after him, but I drew the line on Iraq and beyond. It was the most horrible demise of Gaddafi, a man who tried to elevate his nation and people to a status even greater than the West….the entire Muslim world should have rallied to his defense.

  8. I believe that it was Steven Harpers RCAF that led the air bombing of Libya. At the time Harper said “Canada was punching above its weigh” but i believe in fact that Canada was punching above Gadaffy’y height, that is they dropped the bombs from 35,000 feet and Gadaffy’s obsolete missiles could only reach up to 12,000 feet.

  9. The Central Bank was all talk and no action…a publicity scam. He put up some money with some strings attached, no one else in Africa kicked in and it went nowhere. He had his money stashed all over, and as I stated above was best buds with the NeoCons, even Rudy Guiliani’s firm running PR for a while and very well paid. He played everybody against everybody. We caught the Israelis helping run his main communications intercept operations during the war, when CNN did a video tour of the place where notes and postings all over the place were in English and Hebrew, with the equipment being French. We had sources on the ground all during the war.

  10. In addition to Israel’s desire to destroy any semblance of order in nearby Libya, because their society worked, income flowed in, the population enjoyed benefits and were growing stronger. Israel covets their oil and wants it for themselves, to make them energy independent.

    Qaddafi proposed the Gold Dinar for all of Africa indicating a move away from the petro-dollar, which the Jews control and print to buy up every asset in a power hungry frenzy worldwide, because they control the printing presses so to speak. Libya was prosperous, had turned the desert green with the deep underground irrigation system, treated their people well, etc. My understanding is that this was a BAD example, because it was a GOOD example for other nations to follow.

    We can’t have that combination, peace, prosperity, a valid stable currency, and people treated well,….they must be destroyed,….otherwise others will follow their example and want the same peace and prosperity, and stable currency.

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