Repsol to resume Libya activity once security allows: Spanish FM

 29 Apr 2016 - 0:00

 Repsol to resume Libya activity once security allows: Spanish FM
Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo


Tripoli: Spanish oil giant Repsol is ready to resume activity in Libya once the security situation allows it, Spain's foreign minister said Thursday during a visit to Tripoli.

Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo was in Tripoli to demonstrate Spain's support for a new UN-backed Libyan government.

"Repsol is ready to resume production as soon as an accord is finalised," Garcia-Margallo said during a press conference after meeting the head of the unity government, Fayez al-Sarraj.

Libya's warring rivals have come under intense international pressure to rally behind the unity government at a time when the country is grappling with a growing jihadist threat.

Prime minister-designate Sarraj's cabinet has taken control of eight government ministries including foreign affairs as it seeks to assert its authority over the violence-plagued country.

But his government has still not been endorsed by a vote of confidence from the internationally recognised parliament in Tobruk.

Repsol has operated in oil-rich Libya since 1975, and was pumping 340,000 barrels per day before it ceased activity in the country in 2014 due to security concerns.

Garcia-Margallo said the company would be able to produce 100,000 bpd at the Al-Sharara plant in south Libya once the situation stabilised.

Spain's foreign minister said he and Sarraj discussed"the intensification of cooperation in the fight against illegal migration and against terrorism".

A host of Western diplomats have been to Tripoli to show support for Sarraj's fledgling administration.