Islamic State has attacked one of Benghazi’s major electricity generation plants in a recent series of violent assaults on Libya’s energy industry, Military Commander, Fadhal al-Hassi told Reuters. The shelling attack closed the power plant and caused fires which were later extinguished.
The Benghazi power plant, which supplies much of eastern Libya with electricity, currently has an output of 910 MW, which is 170 MW short of demand, meaning power is already being rationed to residential parts of Benghazi for several hours a day. It is unclear how electricity output will be affected by the attack.
Days before, Islamic State militants attacked major oil terminals at Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, triggering several days of clashes and causing fires at seven oil storage tanks, Reuters wrote.