“Last month we had a planned visit to Moscow but it was postponed. We are now expecting that the visit will take place within a month with a number of Russian companies,” Zwai said.
He said that Libya needs Russian technology in the country’s oil industry in order to return as a player on the market.
“We now need to return oil extraction to a normal level. We need Russian experience and technology,” Zwai said.
Libya’s revenue has dropped tenfold since 2012 because of the crisis in the oil industry, leaving a budget deficit in the country for this year, Libyan Petroleum Minister said.
“The fall in the level of [oil] extractions along with the falling oil prices have led to a large deficit in the budget. We expect that the overall revenue this year will be close to $5 billion,” Zwai said.
According to Zwai, Libyan revenues totaled $60 million in 2012.