Sirte Oil Company
Sirte Oil Company (SOC) (Arabic: شركة سرت للنفط‎‎) is an oil and gas company in Libya operating under the state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC).[1] The company is located in Brega[2] SOC’s operations include oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) and manufacturing.
Sirte Oil Company
HeadquartersBrega, Libya
Key people
A. Soghair (Chairman)
Number of employees
6652 (2006)
WebsiteOfficial website
The company was initially known as Esso Standard Libya Inc.,[3] the first company to discover commercial quantities of crude oil in the Zelten oil field.[4] In 1981, Exxon (parent company of Esso Standard) withdrew their Libyan operations, after which Sirte Oil Company was formed as a NOC subsidiary. It was established to operate the former Esso Sirte installation like the Marsa el-Brega refinery.[5]
In 1986, SOC took over the assets of Grace Petroleum, one of the five US companies forced by the U.S. government to leave Libya. In 1991, SOC merged with the National Petrochemical Company,[3] creating the Sirte Oil Company for Production, Manufacturing of Oil and Gas. Activities included oil refining, liquefaction of natural gas and petrochemicals (methanol, ammonia and urea).
In 2000, SOC reportedly made a 13-billion-cubic-meter-per-year natural gas discovery in the Sirte Basin (Africa Energy Intelligence, 2000a, b).[6]
In 2005 SOC signed a $643 million contract with Shell to restore the Marsa el Brega LNG. The complex was damaged after political unrest after the Libyan civil war in 2011 and is out of operation today.[1]
SOC operates the Raguba field in the central part of the Sirte Basin. The field is connected by pipeline to the main line between the Nasser field, one of the largest in Libya, and Brega. As of 2005, besides Nasser, SOC was in charge of two other gas fields - Attahadi and Assumud - plus the Marsa el-Brega liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant.[7] The LNG plant at Brega processed about 900 million cubic meters per year, or about 700,000 metric tons per year, of natural gas, as of 2005.[7]
In 2018 SOC announced the exploration and production of oil and gas in the Sahl field, after they had to stop for four years because of local security problems.[8]
In 2019 SOC announced would conduct corrosion control chemical field trials in 2020 for its gas production facilities.[9]
Production Overview
SOC Petrochemical Complex
SOC's petrochemical complex is located near Brega. It consists of six plants: The combined production capacity for the three products is 6,950 mtpd.[10] All products are marketed by the Brega Marketing Company.
SOC Brega Port, Marine and Utility Facilities
Brega port exports SOC's oil, crude oil gas and petrochemical products. The port comprises a single and double berthing docks with various depths, cargo docks, jetting and mooring for SOC products.[12] The Utilities and Shipping Department is responsible for port operation and other related facilities. These include two power generating stations producing a total capacity of 115 MW. Additionally, there are two desalination plants with a capacity of 4.5 million US gallons (17,000 m3) per day.
SOC has the following fields:
  1. ^ a b "Marsa El Brega, Libya". Mechademy. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  2. ^ Libya Energy Data, Statistics and Analysis: Oil, Gas, Electricity, Coal. Energy Information Administration (EIA) July 24, 2007
  3. ^ a b "Sirte Oil Company and whether it is government-owned". Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  4. ^ John, Ronald Bruce St (2002). Libya and the United States, Two Centuries of Strife. University of Pennsylvania Press. p. 16. ISBN 0812203216. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  5. ^ "The Mineral Industry of Poland" (PDF). University of Wisconsin-Madison. 1983. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  6. ^ Libya—Promising find on NC-186: Africa Energy Intelligence, No. 288, December 6, 2000 p. 3
  7. ^ a b "2005 Minerals Yearbook: Libya" (PDF). USGS. 2005.
  8. ^ "Sirte Oil Company resumes gas field development drilling". Libya Herald. October 14, 2018. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  9. ^ "Sirte Oil Company invites proposals for corrosion control chemical field trials". Libya Herald. October 9, 2019. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  10. ^ metric tons per day
  11. ^ Date of establishment
  12. ^ "Port Marsa El Brega". World Port Source. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
External links
Official website
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