Management Committee Message
Mission and Objectives
Company’s Recent Achievements
Early History of SOC
Sirte Oil Company (SOC) for Production, Manufacturing of Oil and Gas is one of the Libyan national companies operating under the National Oil Corporation (NOC) of Libya. The company is located in Marsa El Brega which is 800 km east of Tripoli.
SOC’s diverse operations include the exploration for, production, manufacturing of oil and gas.
The company was known in the past as Esso Standard Libya Inc., the first company to discover oil in commercial quantities in the field name Zelten (Nasser). This major discovery encouraged many other operating companies to increase their investment in oil exploration in Libya. However, in late 1981 Exxon (the parent company of Esso Standard) withdrew suddenly their oil operations in Libya and upon their withdrawal, Sirte Oil Company was immediately formed as one of the largest operating subsidiary of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) of Libya. One of the most prominent achievements after the withdrawal of the foreign partner and the takeover by the national management was the extension of SOC’s activity to include offshore exploration. These efforts were crowned in this respect in 1983 with two important oil and gas discoveries in territorial waters. SOC was thus able to acquire through this activity notable experience in the area of sea exploration which required the use of advanced technological methods.
In the framework of the integration of oil and gas manufacturing operations, the responsibility for the coastal Brega – El Khoms gas pipeline project was transferred to SOC. In 1991, the National Petrochemical Company was merged with SOC to form Sirte Oil Company for Production, Manufacturing of Oil and Gas. Thus the manufacturing activity began to include refining of crude oil, liquefaction of natural gas and the manufacturing of petrochemicals such as Methanol, Ammonia and Urea.
Crude Oil Storage
This farm includes sixteen tanks. The designed capacity of each tank is 268 thousand barrels. These are used for the storing of the crude oil produced by the company’s fields in preparation for shipping by tankers to various oil markets.
The Oil Refinery
This refinery was established with a designed capacity of 8,400 barrels per day to produce the following products:
-Super Benzene (light fuel)
-Heavy oil (ADO)
Attached to the refinery there is a storage of products which includes:
-13 tanks with a total storing capacity of 240,000 barrels.
-A lake for the removal and purification of the waste hydrocarbonic materials to prevent pollution of the sea water.
-Shipping facilities for loading products.
SOC – Petrochemical Complex
Sirte Oil Company’s (SOC) petrochemical complex located near the coastal town of Marsa El Brega (800 Km east of Tripoli) can be considered as the largest petrochemical industrial complex in Libya. The complex contains six productive plants: two for the production of Methanol, two for the production of Ammonia and the remaining two for the production of prilled Urea. In addition to these plants are other utilities which are linked to the complex and are needed for operation and maintenance work activities.
The dates of establishment and production capacities of the petrochemical plants being: 2 Methanol plants, each having a production capacity of 1,000 metric tons per day, established in 1978 and 1985. 2 Ammonia plants, one having a production capacity of 1,000 metric tons per day and one having a production capacity of 1,200 metric tons per day established in 1978 and 1983. 2 Urea plants, one having a production capacity of 1,000 metric tons per day and one having a production capacity of 1,750 metric tons per day established in 1981 and 1984. The combined total production capacity for the three products being 6,950 metric tons per day. All products are marketed by the Brega Marketing Company, the sales arm of NOC.
Methanol is produced by using natural gas from SOC’s gas fields as a raw material. This product is vital for the production of many chemical compounds and is also used as fuel for some machinery in addition to its use in making protein for animal food products. Most of the methanol produced from the two plants is exported.
Ammonia manufacturing depends on the natural gas which comes from SOC’s gas fields. (Ammonia is produced in liquid form at a temperature of -33ºC). Ammonia is used specially in manufacturing nitrogen fertilizers, one of which is the urea fertilizer. Most of the production of the two plants is used in making urea fertilizer while the rest is exported.
SOC’s two urea plants were established as a first step in the field of nitrogen fertilizers manufactured in Libya. Urea is manufactured from ammonia, which comes from SOC’s two ammonia plants. The quality of Urea manufactured by SOC is considered to be the best nitrogen fertilizer. A large proportion of the production from the two urea plants is exported in bulk form or packed in 50kg bags. The requirement of all agricultural projects in Libya is covered and contributed by this fertilizer, whereby it is used in manufacturing animal food and insecticides.
Attached to the urea plants are 3 huge stores each with a capacity of 35,000 tons for storing bulk urea.
SOC Brega Port, Marine and Utility Facilities
Brega port is considered to be one of the most important oil ports in Libya. Through this port, SOC’s oil, gas and petrochemical products are exported. The port comprises of important facilities such as single and double berthing docks with various depths, cargo docks, jetting and mooring for the produced and manufactured products of SOC. The company has dedicated a department, that is the Utilities and Shipping Department which is responsible for the efficient operation of the port and other related facilities. These take the form of two power generating stations producing a total capacity of 115 MW. There are also two water desalination plants with a total production capacity of 4.5 million gallons per day.