Cour d'appel de Paris, Pôle 5 - chambre 16, 23 février 2021, no 18/03068 Société LIBYAN EMIRATES OIL REFINING COMPANY c/ Société NATIONAL OIL CORPORATION
Décision déférée à la Cour: Sentence arbitrale rendue le lundi 04 Janvier 2018 à Paris, sous l'égide de la cour internationale d'arbitrage de la chambre de commerce internationale sous le numéro 19758/MCP/ DDA, par le Tribunal arbitral composé de Monsieur Z A, Président et de Messieurs B C et D X, coarbitres.
Press release (Feb 2021): NOC wins a decision from the Paris Court of Appeal in relation to an arbitral award in an arbitration between NOC and the Libyan Emirates Oil Refining Company (LERCO) regarding the Ras Lanuf Refinery:
NOC is pleased to announce that, on February 23, 2021, the 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. The 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.
In this regard, engineer Mustafa A. Sanalla, NOC's Chairman stated that: "NOC is the trusted guardian of the Libyan oil wealth. It 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.