December 29, 2014 / 11:34 PM / 3 years ago

Libya contracts U.S. firm to extinguish port storage tanks fire

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya’s recognized government has contracted a U.S. firefighter firm to help extinguish fires at storage tanks at the Es Sider oil port, a spokesman said on Monday.

A firefighter stands near the fire of a storage oil tank at the port of Es Sider in Ras Lanuf December 29, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Work would start within five days, government spokesman Mohamed Bazaza said, confirming a statement on a government website. The value of the contract was $6 million, the statement said, without naming the company.Fire has been raging for days at several storage tanks at Es Sider, Libya’s biggest oil port, due to clashes of brigades allied with competing governments vying for control of the country’s oil facilities.

Reporting by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Toni Reinhold

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