Libya oil contracts on merit, not political favouritism: NTC

1st September 2011, Comments 0 comments

Future contracts for the Libyan oil sector will be awarded on merit and not political favouritism, the British representative for Libya's rebel leadership said Thursday.

"The oil sector will be run in a transparent way and contracts will be awarded on merit, not political favouritism," Guma al-Gamaty of the National Transitional Council (NTC) told AFP.

He spoke after a French press report quoted a purported letter from the NTC saying that it had promised France control of 35 percent of the country's oil production -- a claim denied by the rebel council's ambassador in Paris.

Gamaty listed companies he said had a good track record in the Libyan oil sector over the past 15 years: Britain's BP; France's Total; ENI of Italy; and "major American companies," without specifying which groups.

"Their track record and experience and expertise of the Libyan oil sector put them in a strong position, however the principle will be still that contracts are awarded on merit and competitiveness," he said.

Asked if the NTC had come under pressure to award contracts to companies from Britain or France, countries who backed the rebels in their successful effort to topple leader Moamer Kadhafi, Gamaty responded: "None whatsoever."

© 2011 AFP

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