Pro-Gaddafi gunman attacked the Ras Laffan refinery on 12 September, killing 15 guards and wounding two, in an attempt to disrupt efforts by the provisional government to restart production and refining activity.

“There was no damage to the refinery,” the chairman of the Ras Lanuf Oil and Gas Processing Company (Rasco) Abdelrazig Khalifa told Reuters news agency.

Ras Lanuf, the country’s biggest refinery at 220,000 barrels a day (b/d), is close to resuming operations. The Ras Lanuf site is also a crude oil export terminal.

Libya has started to produce oil again three weeks after Muammar Gaddafi has been expelled from capital city Tripoli, Mahmoud Jibril, the country’s interim prime minister, told the press on 12 September.