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Libya’s NOC wins lawsuit against LERCO at Paris Appeal Court

The Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) said it had won a ruling from the Paris Court of Appeal in relation to an arbitral award in an arbitration with the Libyan Emirates Oil Refining Company (LERCO) regarding the Ras Lanuf Refinery.

In a statement Sunday, the NOC announced that Paris Court of Appeal issued a decision in relation to the arbitral award that was issued on January 4, 2018 in an ICC arbitration between Libyan Emirates Oil Refining Company (LERCO) and NOC regarding the Ras Lanuf Refinery.

“The Paris Court’s decision confirmed LERCO’s obligation to pay NOC over US$115 million plus interest. With interest calculated up to February 28, 2021, the amount that LERCO must pay under that award is over US$132 million.” NOC said.

It added that the Paris Court also upheld the arbitral tribunal’s decision confirming LERCO’s ongoing contractual take-or-pay obligation and ordered LERCO to pay 100,000 euros in costs of the Paris court proceeding.

NOC’s Chairman, Mustafa Sanalla, stated that NOC is the trusted guardian of the Libyan oil wealth and has not and will never hesitate to take the steps necessary to protect and preserve that wealth.

“NOC will take all necessary steps to enforce its rights under the award and the Court’s decision.” The statement added.

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