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Norway offers Libya energy help. Norway has offered to aid Libya reform its energy sector, refuting any link with Operation Unified Protector. Labour’s (Ap) Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Torgeir Larsen met with officials when he visited the Libyan capital Tripoli yesterday. “We have been asked about our experiences regarding asset management of oil revenues. Moreover, I’ll be bringing an expert with me. This is an area where we have competence and we’ll see if we can make a difference,” he told NTB.

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Norway offers Libya energy help

Published on Thursday, 22nd December, 2011 at 10:27 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .

Norway has offered to aid Libya reform its energy sector, refuting any link with Operation Unified Protector.

Deputy Minister Torgeir Larsen, Tripoli
'There's no link between what we've done and helping the business community.'Deputy Minister Torgeir Larsen, Tripoli
Photo: Kjetil Elsebutangen, MFA


Labour’s (Ap) Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Torgeir Larsen met with officials when he visited the Libyan capital Tripoli yesterday.

“We have been asked about our experiences regarding asset management of oil revenues. Moreover, I’ll be bringing an expert with me. This is an area where we have competence and we’ll see if we can make a difference,” he told NTB.

FM Jonas Gahr Støre offered Libya assistance in October following the death of Muammar al-Gaddafi, saying, "What Norway can do is to use some of its experience as an energy nation regarding how we have ordered our legislation and systems to become an oil and gas nation. [Interim Libyan Prime Minister], Mahmoud Jibril and others have expressed strong interest in this, and we shall now look at whether we can share this in a meaningful way.”

Earlier this year Guma El-Gamaty, the Libyan National Transitional Council’s European spokesman, indicated Norway’s involvement in the NATO-led operation could result in favourable treatment regarding oil concessions.

“If we compare a Norwegian company with such a Chinese or Russian company in the future, I think – and this is my opinion – that the countries that have supported the Libyan people will be given priority,” he stated.

The contribution also increased Norwegian oil revenues, which were attributed to higher oil prices. Deputy Minister Larsen denied his visit is connected to the campaign, however.

"Norway has commercial activities in Libya and it is our job to help them, but there is no link between what we have done and helping the business community," he declared, "We did it before, and we are doing it now."

Norway is also planning to transfer 370 million dollars that had belonged to Gaddafi from Norway back to Libya, as well as donating 10 million kroner to support elections.




Published on Thursday, 22nd December, 2011 at 10:27 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .

This post has the following tags: operationunifiedprotection, norwaylibyaoilhelp.





  
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