TRIPOLI, March 16 Libya's Zawiya refinery has
been facing some "technical problems" but there is no issue with
fuel supplies, state news agency LANA said on Sunday, citing an
The 120,000 barrels a day refinery is vital to supply the
nearby capital Tripoli and western Libya with fuel. That has
been a logistical challenge because the connecting oilfield in
El Shahara has been shut down several times by protesters in the
past five months.
"A technical issue that occurred two days ago at the Zawiya
refinery has been contained, confirming that the crisis would be
solved in the next few hours," said Mohammed El Harari,
spokesman for state National Oil Corp (NOC), according to LANA.
He gave no production volumes. Oil officials said fuel
supplies at the state distribution firm were reassuring, while
storages at the refinery were also at normal levels, the agency
Libya's oil production has fallen to little over 200,000 bpd
from 1.4 million bpd in summer before a wave of protests broke
out at oil fields and ports.
(Reporting by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Sophie Walker)