LONDON Jan 24 Libya's National Oil Corporation
(NOC) has chosen Greek, Russian and Italian firms as the winners
of a tender to supply it with around 2.5 million tonnes of
gasoline in 2013, traders said on Thursday.
The companies named include Greece's Motor Oil Hellas
, Italian refiner Saras and Litasco, the
trading arm of Russia's Lukoil. Two trading sources
said Swiss-based trading house Trafigura also had
won part of the tender.
It was not clear whether the full volume sought in the
initial tender had been awarded, and the results were not
confirmed by the companies or by NOC.
While Libya was Africa's third-largest producer before the
uprising in 2011, pumping around 1.6 million barrels of crude
oil per day (bpd), it lacks sufficient refining capacity to meet
national demand for gasoline.
In addition, while crude flows have returned close to
pre-war levels, protests over control of the NOC have targeted
oil fields, terminals and refineries and have hampered
production of both crude and products in recent months.
The NOC is headquartered in Tripoli, while workers in the
east have called for more powers in the region, which accounts
for around 80 percent of Libya's oil wealth, since the end of
the war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.
(Reporting by Jessica Donati; editing by Jane Baird)