Oun was sworn in as the 1st oil minister of the country since 2014 as the new Libyan unity government took office earlier this month.
The new cabinet is the 1st unity government of the war-torn country since 2014, and could potentially pave the way to more stability in oil production in the African OPEC member, which is exempted from the OPEC+ cuts.
The government has now approved a budget of $1.6 billion to the National Oil Corporation (NOC), the largest recipient of Libya’s development budget.
«There is a reasonable allotment of funds for oil-sector activities,» M.Oun told Bloomberg, noting that the funds could be enough for the needs of the oil sector for the rest of this year.
Apart from frequent blockades of oil ports amid the fighting, Libya’s oil production has suffered in recent years from a chronic lack of funds to NOC for oilfield development and infrastructure maintenance.
When the alliance announced the massive cuts in April 2020, Libya was pumping less than 100,000 bpd, and its oil export terminals were blocked by the self-styled Libyan National Army of General Khalifa Haftar.
The blockade ended in September, and Libya has managed to quickly restore its production to the pre-blockade levels, surprising many analysts.
Days before Libya’s unity government was sworn in, NOC’s chairman Mustafa Sanalla told Bloomberg TV that the country planned to raise its oil production to 1.45 million bpd by the end of this year.