Libya's rebel oil firm Agoco says all oil refineries

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Posted: Aug 27, 2011 2:19 PM
Libya's rebel oil firm Agoco says all oil refineries

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - All five of Libya's refineries are offline due to a lack of crude oil production and damage to facilities, the rebel oil firm AGOCO said on Saturday, leaving rebel forces wholly reliant on fuel imports.

"No refineries are working. They can't get crude oil. Some are in bad shape," AGOCO spokesman Abdeljalil Mayouf told Reuters.

AGOCO, a former subsidiary of the Libyan National Oil Company, sends crude oil to three of the country's five refineries at the ports of Tobruk, Ras Lanuf and a unit at the Sarir oilfield.

Mayouf said the 20,000 barrel per day (bpd) Tobruk refinery was closed for temporary maintenance while the other two refineries it is directly involved with are intact but not yet receiving crude oil feedstock.

It is not clear if the Brega and Zawiyah refineries are shut due to damage or a lack of crude oil. The country's total refining capacity is about 378,000 bpd.

Fuel tankers from Turkey and Lebanon's BB Energy have helped to top up supplies to Benghazi this month, with a further shipment from Russia's Gunvor due next week.

There are often long queues at petrol stations even in rebel-held parts of the country where no fighting has occurred in months. Power outages are also common.

(Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Giles Elgood)