Libya has been able to build on the achievements in its oil industry to create a relatively well developed chemical industry, although it has not developed as quickly as originally intended.

Marsa El-Brega is the country’s main centre for the production of petrochemicals, with ethanol, ammonia and urea being produced. The Marsa El-Brega complex is operated by the National Petrochemical Company (Napectco). There is a methanol production facility at al-Burayqah, and a small petrochemical complex at Abu-Kammash.

Ras Lanouf is the location of an as yet uncompleted project being developed by the Ras Lanuf Oil and Gas Processing Company (Rasco) to produce various chemicals including benzene, butadiene, methyl-tertiary-butyl ether and butene-1.