By Libya Herald reporter.
Tripoli, 14 March 2016:
There are unconfirmed reports of an attack on the Sarir power station some 400 kilometres . . .[restrict]south of Ajdabiya. It is said to have been thwarted, however, by the largely Tebu unit of Petroleum Facilities Guards (PFG) who provide security at the power station and the Sarir oilfield 80 kilometres away.
A suicide car bomber was also supposedly killed before he could cause major damage. Forces from the so-called Islamic State (IS) are said to be responsible.
Sarir is far from their areas of operation. However, IS forces are thought still to be active in the Ajdabiya area.
This is not the first time that there have been attacks at Sarir. A year ago, there was an explosion at a pipeline connecting the field and the one at Messla to the Hariga oil terminal at Tobruk. This too was blamed on IS although the PFG suggested at the time that it had been an accident. A week later, though, a bomb next to the pipeline was discovered and diffused.
Sarir oilfield, operated by state-owned AGOCO had been producing 185,000 barrels a day last year. The power station which adds some 450 MW to the national grid, has also been attacked before, although not by IS but by forces connected to the Zwai tribe involved in their own private war with the Tebus. [/restrict]