NOC expects to regain control of terminals

Libyan oil company coordinating with eastern troops after battle for oil ports.

Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) expects to be able to regain control of key crude export ports in Es Sider and Ras Lanuf.

The company told Reuters that it has been coordinating with the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) after a battle for the terminals with the western Libya Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB) last week.

The ports were recaptured by the LNA and there had been doubts over its willingness to let Tripoli-based NOC manage the facilities.

But NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla said: "We have been coordinating our assessment of the facilities with them. We have no reason to believe control of the ports will not be handed back to NOC."

Es Sider and Ras Lanuf have a combined potential capacity of 600,000 barrels per day (bpd).

Waha Oil Company resumed pumping to Es Sider on Saturday and Sanalla said the NOC had decided to restart operations at the ports.

Damage is minor and workers were returning, the report said.

Sanalla added that no "respectable" owner or oil company would work with the eastern Libyan version of NOC.