By Libya Herald staff.
Tunis, 1 March 2015:
Brega Petroleum Marketing Company, a subsidiary of the National Oil Cooperation, has announced that it . . .[restrict]has completed the maintenance of fuel tanker number 122 used for diesel storage at its Tripoli depot.
It said that the pumping of fuel from the Zawia refinery is expected to resume today.
Brega, the arm charged with the import and marketing of fuels and oil, said today that its local maintenance team had completed the task of the tank that had suffered the most damage and can hold a capacity of 25 million litres.
Tank number 122 was repaired within 45 days, Brega reported. This is the same maintenance team that had previously repaired tanks 121 and 123, Brega added.
The maintenance work, the company said, involved the replacement of damaged sheets on the wall of the tank with new plates and the replacement of sheets on the tank roof as well as patches in some affected areas. Welding tests for permeability were conducted which returned good results, the company reported.
It is hoped that with the maintenance of the fuel tanks at the Tripoli Airport Road depot can build up a large reserve of fuel, thereby avoiding petrol and diesel queues at petrol stations caused by rumours and panic buying. This week Tripoli saw the reappearance of some petrol queues and bread shortages, with the later caused partly by diesel shortages.
It will be recalled that Tripoli’s main fuel storage tanks located on Airport Road were seriously damaged and set ablaze during the militia attacks in Tripoli in the summer of 2014.