Libya eastern oil company blocks tanker loading crude for Tripoli rival: officials

Reuters News
Posted: May 03, 2016 3:14 PM

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - An oil company set up by Libya's eastern government is preventing a tanker from loading a cargo for its Tripoli rival, the National Oil Corporation (NOC), officials said on Tuesday.

The eastern company, also calling itself the National Oil Corporation (NOC), ordered workers at Marsa el-Hariga port in eastern Libya not to load the tanker, which had been waiting for two days, a port official said.

    An eastern NOC official said the move was in line with the east's attempt to export a shipment of 650,000 barrels of oil last week in defiance of the authorities in Tripoli, part of a power struggle between Libya's rival administrations.

The tanker, Seachance, had been initially due to load on April 26-28 and was part of the Tripoli NOC's loading program, an NOC official in the capital said.

(Reporting by Ayman Al-Warfalli in Benghazi and Ahmad Ghaddar in London; Writing by Aidan Lewis; Editing by Patrick Markey and Gareth Jones)