Libyan NOC to supply western towns
Libya is currently split between two separate government factions
Libyan state oil company NOC will deliver petrol to towns in the west of the country, despite these towns being under the control of a rival government faction. The move is intended to showcase the impartiality of the firm as Libya threatens to tear itself in two.
Libya currently has two governments, with the internationally recognized premier working out the east since losing control of Tripoli in August to a rival administration, part of a wider struggle four years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi.
Tripoli-based NOC has sought to stay out of the conflict to avoid legal questions from customers worried that oil sales will end up on bank accounts controlled by a non-recognized government.
In an attempt to highlight its neutrality, NOC said in a statement that it was sending 31 trucks delivering more than 1 million litres of petrol products to all cities in the western mountains.