Libya’s de facto oil minister says he has asked Italian oil giant Eni SpA for help in putting out a fire at an eastern oil facility that was the scene of fierce fighting between rebels and government loyalists.
National Oil Co. head Shukri Ghanem told The Associated Press that he is worried the fire at a kerosene storage tank in the Ras Lanouf facility will spread.
Ghanem said he spoke with Eni’s chairman about the company helping to extinguish the blaze but that no decision had been taken.
Ras Lanouf was recaptured by pro-government forces as part of an ongoing push to crush the anti-government uprising.
The fighting has ravaged Libya’s oil sector, slashing production to just a third of its usual 1.6 million barrel per day output.