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Refining to Suffer from Security Issues in Libya

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Libya may see production at its Zawiya refinery shut in due to security issues at the refinery. The board of directors from Libya’s state-run oil and gas firm, NOC, alerted the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) and competent authorities regarding the recent lack of protection and security at the refinery.

The NOC board warned that any continuation or failure to address this situation to ensure staff and site protection and increase security, will affect ongoing operations and result in their suspension.  A number of criminal incidents have occurred in spite of the presence of the PFG and so-called ‘Al Isnad Brigade,’ according to a statement on the NOC website.

The statement from the website said that the most serious incident took place on October 2 with an attack on the refinery. The incident resulted in one employee being kidnapped (later released) and company cars and personal property stolen.

More recently, on October 10 a group of gunmen mounted an assault on the refinery, attacking industrial security personnel in an attempt to break open the oil mixing facility for personal gain and stealing a company vehicle in the process.

According to NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla: “This situation is not sustainable, either from a worker security or production standpoint. We expect the most basic principles of security to be upheld by those guarding NOC facilities, and call upon the relevant authorities to remedy this inadequacy immediately.”