By Libya Herald reporter.
Tunis, 9 October 2017:
Some 80 fuel trucks from the fuel depot in Misrata finally arrived in Sebha yesterday afternoon bringing an end to some more than a fortnight of acute shortages in the south.
According to Sebha’s mayor Hafed Rafeh, the fuel has started to be distributed and eight petrol stations in the city are now open and operating. Each station had being provided with 50,000 litres and if they needed more, it would be provided, he told the Libya Herald. Fuel has also gone to Brak Al-Shatti.
“Tomorrow trucks will deliver fuel to patrol stations all the way to Ghat and to Qatrun, Murzuk, Traghen and Tamasseh,” he added.
The price at the stations is now 15 girsh (piasters) a litre – a dramatic drop from the LD 4-a-litre being charged on the black market a few days ago.
Further truck-loads of fuel are expected from Misrata in the next couple of days.
It is hoped that the availability of fuel will now ease problems at Sebha’s hospital and university where staff had been unable to drive to work because of the shortage. The university had remained closed as a result.
The municipality and various local organisations had threatened to close the Sharara and El-Fil oilfields if fuel was not delivered.