Amid the chaos unleashed by the bloody battle for Tripoli, Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) is determined to show it means business. On 20th May NOC held a technical workshop to finally get the long-stalled 50,000 b/d North Hamada development off the ground.

Originally set to be a key addition to the country’s neglected and sanctions-hit oil sector, like many other projects, its fate has been tied to the precarious political situation. When the Ghadames basin Area 47...