Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) plans to step up its output by 100,000 barrels per day in 2024, its chairman has said.
Higher production gives the company a chance to replace reduced crude supplies from other parts of the world, Farhat Bengdara told media when asked about volatility in the oil market.
The state oil company plans to boost production to 2 million bpd in the next three to five years, from about 1.2 million bpd currently.
“However, we are not immune from political and geopolitical circumstances happening today, everywhere,” Mr Bengdara said on the sidelines of the Cop28 climate conference in Dubai.
“We have to do our best to stay stable, increase production [and] control the operations within Libya.”
Libya, the seventh-largest crude oil producer in Opec, has also been looking to boost production after years of being plagued by conflict and political instability.
Crude oil and natural gas export revenue make up a significant part of Libya’s economy.
In 2021, oil revenue accounted for an estimated 98 per cent of Libya’s total government revenue, according to the country’s central bank.
Libya’s government has committed $12 billion to step up oil production in the country, with another $5 billion expected from the Libyan Investment Authority, Mr Bengdara said.
He added the NOC was aiming for an 83 per cent reduction in gas flaring by 2030 as part of efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
“We have a project with TotalEnergies for 500 megawatts and we are studying another project with Eni to swap gas for renewables,” Mr Bengdara said.
“We don’t use the gas for our electricity. We export gas to Europe and we use renewables for our own consumption because we are more competitive in cost when it comes to producing renewables than Europe.”