The Zawiya refinery, an important oil processing plant located in northwestern Libya, about 40 kilometers from the capital city of Tripoli, was significantly damaged by the actions of armed groups that clashed there during the night of this Monday.
The National Petroleum Corporation (NOC), which condemned the incident on his Facebook account, specified that the clashes lasted for almost three hours in the vicinity of the complex. There is no information about who starred in the brawl.
The refinery was badly damaged. A) Yes, eight tanks for the storage of crude oil and petroleum products were impacted, as well as five tanks of oils and chemical additives, which caused a spill in one of them. In addition, an electrical transformer and the roof of the production line rooms were affected.
The president of the state oil company, Mustafa Sanalla, warned that the reconstruction works could take years. “These types of criminal acts cannot be accepted in or near our facilities. […] Repairing these new damages can take years, and I could costar to the Libyan state an exponential amount of money, which is difficult to obtain, “he stressed.
At the same time, the NOC director urged the authorities to reinforce security at and near oil installations.