Fuel in Libya is provided and controlled by Libyan National Oil Corporation, and it is subsidized by the government. The Brega Company which works under Libyan National Oil Corporation is responsible for marketing the oil derivatives inside Libya through three companies (Alrahila, Sharara Oil Service Co, Oil Libya). The three above-mentioned companies manage their own fuel stations in all regions and cities of Libya, in addition to distributing and selling oil derivatives to the private and public stations, the vessels, aviation sector and the consumers from public corporations, economical units, factories, national and foreign companies.
Although Libya is an oil producer country and has the largest oil reserves in Africa, most of the local market needs of fuel is imported from the international market. This occurs due to the internal conflicts and security situation in the country which caused to frequent suspension of the oil field and oil refining works. Shortage of fuel is common every now and then.
Information may also be found at: http://www.mytravelcost.com/petrol-prices/ which is updated monthly.
Fuel in Libya is one of the cheapest in all over the world. The price is determined by the National Oil Cooperation and it’s subsidised by the government. Diesel has not been available most of the time on the official market since beginning of 2018.
Fuel Prices per Litre as of: 21 Mar 18
(USD - $)
0.15 (official price)
The availability of fuel on the local market is sometimes affected, by lack of lack of liquidity which impedes the procurement process from the international market, and due to fuel smuggling.
Are there national priorities in the availability of fuel? (i.e. are there restrictions or priorities for the provision of fuel such as to the military?)
Is there a rationing system?
Is fuel to lower income / vulnerable groups subsidized?
The fuel is subsidized for all population
Can the local industry expand fuel supply to meet humanitarian needs?
No. The fuel market relies on importing, not on local industry.
Is it possible for a humanitarian organization to directly contract a reputable supplier / distributor to provide its fuel needs?
Yes. The humanitarian organizations can deal directly with one of the following companies - Alrahila Co, Sharara Oil service Co, Oil Libya Co.
Fuel is transported through the three companies - Alrahila Co, Sharara Oil service Co, Oil Libya Co. The companies own a fleet of transport vehicles equipped with tanks to transport and distribute oil derivatives and products and gas according to customers' requests (distribution stations, airports, ports, factories ... etc.) for all cities inside Libya.
The Libyan National Centre for Standardization and Metrology (LNCSM) is the responsible entity to prepare and issue the national standards in all fields of products and services including the oil products. The Libyan Petroleum Institute which is affiliated to the National Oil Cooperation (NOC), carries out research and technical studies related to the oil industry, conducts technical analysis and tests for the various stages of exploration and production of oil and petroleum products, performs quality control tests and issues certificates in this respect
Industry Control Measures
Do tanks have adequate protection against water mixing with the fuel?
Are there filters in the system which monitor where fuel is loaded into aircraft?
Is there adequate epoxy coating of tanks on trucks?
Is there a presence of suitable firefighting equipment?
Is there a national or regional standards authority?
If yes, please identify the appropriate national and/or regional authority.
National: National Oil Cooperation (NOC),
If yes, are the standards adequate/properly enforced?
Are there national testing laboratories?
Fuel Quality Testing Laboratory
Petroleum research centre
Gargarish 7km Road, Tripoli, Libya
Telephone and Fax
Tel: +218 21 4830022, Fax: +218 21 4830031
Standards are determined by The Libyan National Centre for Standardization and Metrology (LNCSM)
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