The Tobruk power plant has leaked diesel and there are mounting fears of pollution spreading.
Tobruk Mayor Faraj Boual Khattabia formed a committee, which set out its first plans on May 2 to tackle the problem. The first step was to place a cordon around the diesel to prevent it spreading in the sea.
Boual Khattabia, in a press conference on April 30, raised concerns about diesel spreading into the city’s desalination plant.
The committee has developed an action plan, the Tobruk municipality said. It will tackle the leakage and clean up the corniche area.
The committee includes various civic officials and involves the National Oil Corp. (NOC).
The NOC health and safety director attended the Tobruk meeting. A working team from the oil companies, Arabian Gulf Oil Co. (Agoco) and Brega Petroleum Marketing Co. (BPMC), is involved in the process.
The companies have provided their spill teams to tackle the spill. They plan to gather the diesel and clean the area up.
NOC said it, and its affiliates, were carrying out the work in line with its good neighbour policy. This aims to protect the environment and preserve water quality.
Greece’s Mytilineos said it was relaunching works on a new dual fuel power plant in Tobruk in November 2020. The first phase of this work aims to provide an additional 160 MW of power.
The General Electricity Co. of Libya (GECOL) held talks with the Greek company in early April.