A small fire was reported on late Friday night in Zawiya’s oil refinery, before it was quickly brought under control by firefighters.
Friday around midnight locals reported seeing what was described as gas leak followed by loud warning sirens. Others said the fire was caused by an electrical wiring failure.
Situated some 45 kilometres to the west of Tripoli, Zawiya refinery is the largest in Libya’s western region with a capacity of 120,000 barrels of oil products per day. It is operated by the Zawia Oil Refining Company, a subsidiary of the National Oil Corporation.
Its facilities are controlled by local tribal militias some of which believed to be involved in illicit trade of subsidised fuel. On Thursday the Libyan Attorney General issued arrest warrants against over 100 people, many of whom from Zawiya, for their alleged involvement in the smuggling of subsidised fuel and illegal migrants.