Two oil depots at Libya’s second most important terminal, Ras Lanuf, have been entirely destroyed after an attack by militias, leading to the loss of 400,000 barrels of oil, the Ras Lanuf Transportation Unit of the Harouge Oil Operations company has announced.
The news has been confirmed in a statement released by Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) on the “catastrophic losses at Ras Lanuf terminal”.
The NOC warned that the damage could spread to other depots at Ras Lanuf, saying this would paralyse the facility entirely.
A striking image of a depot in flames has been released by the NOC on Twitter:
— National Oil Corporation المؤسسة الوطنية للنفط (@NOC_Libya) June 18, 2018
The NOC earlier called on the militants attacking the terminals to leave immediately, warning of catastrophic economic and environmental consequences.