As this ICIS plants and projects list shows (see below), Libya’s chemical manufacturing is based in three locations. The Abu Kammash site manufactures in the chlorine chain, whilst Marsa El Brega produces ammonia, urea and methanol. The Ras Lanuf location includes a 330,000 tonnes/year ethylene cracker.
It is difficult to get information about disruption to chemical manufacturing in the country. However ICIS heard from Malta-based trader Chempetrol that National Petrochemical Co has stopped production of methanol at Marsa El Brega.
With many oil companies reducing operations it seems likely that feedstock availability will become an issue for the petrochemicals operations at Ras Lanuf. Operator Rasco is a subsidiary of state-owned National Oil Corporation of Libya (NOC).