Posted on June 22, 2018 by Hannah Berry

The National Oil Corporation (NOC) has reported a significant reduction in the crude oil storage capacity at Ras Lanuf port in Libya following an armed attack.

The oil crescent region lost tanks 2 and 12 after they were set alight by the Ibrahim Jhadran Militia on Thursday 14th June. Early reports suggest that fighting initially broke out in response to the Ibrahim Jhadran Militia’s opposition to Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LAN).

All exports from the port were brought to a halt as the fire rapidly spread to other tanks within the facility. The NOC have now confirmed that the storage capacity has been reduced by 400,000 barrels, from 950,000 to 550,000 barrels.

The NOC asked for the immediate withdrawal of Jhadran’s forces from the port, so firefighters could extinguish the fire.

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