Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) said the country’s eastern government attempted to export 650,000 barrels of oil but that workers at the Marsa el-Hariga terminal had refused to load the shipment, Reuters reported.
“This had the potential to be a very ugly incident and I am pleased that it has been resolved peacefully without injury to anybody or loss of revenue or damage to the integrity of NOC or the country,” Tripoli-based Chairman Mustafa Sanalla said in a statement.
Libya’s eastern government is one of two rival administrations set up in 2014. Its efforts to sell oil through a parallel oil company have so far been unsuccessful, Al Arabiya wrote.
In February, the UN Security Council said the unity government had the “primary responsibility” for preventing illicit oil sales, urging it to communicate any such attempts to the UN committee overseeing Libya-related sanctions.