Mercury Public Affairs has picked up a one-year agreement to handle strategic communications, media relations, digital services and government relations duties for the Libyan National Oil Company.

Former Louisiana Republican Senator David Vitter, a partner at Mercury, will spearhead the push.

The state-owned energy company is in the midst of a rebuilding and modernization drive in the aftermath of years of political upheaval in Libya.

It has opened an office in Houston to bolster its links to US talent and connections to energy services companies that are needed to revamp LNOC’s upstream, midstream and downstream sectors.

Mercury’s Feb. 21 agreement with LNOC has not yet gone into effect.

The firm did receive a $30K fee, which included a one-time $5K compliance charge, to cover the first month of work.

Omnicom owns Mercury.