Libya’s Zawiya oil refinery severely damaged after skirmishes, NOC says

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TRIPOLI, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Libya’s state oil firm mentioned on Tuesday that the 120,000 barrels per day (bpd) Zawiya oil refinery complicated in a western metropolis of capital Tripoli was severely damaged on account of skirmishes late on Monday.

The National Oil Corporation (NOC) in an announcement condemned the incident and described it as “criminal and irresponsible actions”. It mentioned the oil sector “represents the livelihood of the Libyan state.”

Libya’s oil sector, the nation’s solely important earnings, has been disrupted by unrest because the toppling of long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi a decade in the past.

Zawiya metropolis, some 40 km (25 miles) in west of Tripoli, is the house of Libya’s largest functioning refinery. It is linked to Sharara area, which has a capability of round 300,000 bpd.

Reports of safety unrest within the metropolis had been circulated on the web, however no speedy feedback had been out there by authorities.

NOC mentioned the damages included eight storage tanks for petroleum merchandise and crude oil, and one other 5 tanks for base oils and chemical components.

More harm occurred at mineral oil mixing and filling plant, which resulted within the leakage of enormous portions from storing base oil, NOC added.

“Such as criminal acts cannot be accepted in or near our sites,” NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla quoted within the assertion,” many of our facilities have been sabotaged during the past years as a result of clashes.”

Reporting by Ahmed Elumami
Editing by Marguerita Choy
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