Plumes Of Black Smoke Rising From Area Around Es Sider Oil Terminal

Tyler Durden's picture

Update: Rebel witnesses say storage tanks in east Libya terminal of Es Sider hit an exchange of fire between Gaddafi forces and rebels . Reuters reports that three plumes of black smoke are rising from the area around As Sider oil terminal.  This is in addition to Al Jazeera video coverage of comparable activity at Ras Lanuf. Whether this indicates that Operation Apres Moi Le Deluge by Gaddafi has commenced is unclear for now.

More from Reuters:

Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi hit storage tanks in the oil terminal of Es Sider in east Libya on Wednesday during a heavy bombardment of rebels in the area, rebel fighters said.

Big, black plumes of smoke rose above the terminal. It was not immediately possible to independently confirm the report that the storage tanks were hit or to ascertain if the cause was the bombardment by Gaddafi's forces or a stray rebel rocket. "We were standing over there in the direction of Es Sider. It was a fierce, random bombardment on us and then it hit the storage tanks," rebel figther Abdel Salam Mohamed told Reuters.

Below is a quick summary of all the latest battles and key developments in Libya via Reuters:


* Both the Gaddafi
side and rebels have said publicly they will not seek to destroy oil
infrastructure, but the risk of long-term damage is rising.

Gaddafi loyalists closed in on rebels in the western oil terminal of
Zawiyah on Wednesday, surrounding them with tanks and snipers in the
main square. The major Zawiyah refinery, one of the biggest in Libya,
shut down as a result.

* Warplanes bombed rebel positions around
the oil port of Ras Lanuf in the east, with rebels in 4x4 trucks
mounted with weapons engaging the army in strike and counter-strike.

* Rebels told Reuters on Tuesday they were in control of the front line
port town of Es Sider, although it was not possible to independently
confirm their presence there.

* The oil terminal and export hub of Brega, 800 km (500 miles) east of Tripoli has seen fighting and is in rebel hands.


* Most of Libya's oilfields are located around the Sirte Basin, which
contains around 80 percent of its proven reserves, and is emerging as a
front line between rebels and loyalists.

* The Hamada oilfield
ceased production and the eastern fields of Sarir, Nafoora and Misla are
producing at about half of their normal capacity, an official at
state-owned oil company Agoco said last week.

* The Waha Oil
Company, which operates the Waha, Dahra, Samah and Gialo fields, said on
Tuesday its output had dropped to less than a third its normal level.

* It is unclear how much oil is being produced in the isolated Murzuq
oilfield in the southern desert. Other key oil-producing areas include
the Ghadames Basin and Cyrenaica Basin.


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Oh regional Indian's picture

Libya is the Tipping point.

Draw a line in the sand.

it becomes really obvious.

The map and the plan...


Quintus's picture

Missed Greece by a mile.  Portugal too, although that hasn't blown up quite yet.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Exactly Quintus,

Those are side-lights. All the major events will happen in close proximity or on this Axis.

see Zimbabwe, iceland, Ireland, Tunisia, Libya, Spain...

And Tunisia was the spark but libya is the tipping point.


Careless Whisper's picture

who are these "rebels"? who is funding them?


Ahmeexnal's picture

ORI, Namibia is about to blow up.

A hundred years of slavery by the nazi murderers will come to an end.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Germany carried out mass extermination of the Namibian people.  They took away their land too.

Today, those nazis ranchers still deny the genocide (sound familiar?).

They are about to face infinite justice.

falak pema's picture

so Sauron now on the march....

EscapeKey's picture

You make a lot of good points, but with this one I disagree.

The world map, as it appears to our leaders, is distorted by GDP figures and oil production. So, for instance, Mali, which is neither an economic power nor oil producer is essentially just a pixel on the map. Saudi Arabia, however, covers a significant part.

And the only reason Portugal and Greece even appear is because they could theoretically drag down the great socialist experiment that is the Euro.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Escape, see my response below. It's really just there...all the flashpoints.


Aghast in Midlothian's picture

What's the rationale for this 'line'...and who would be behind it?

Oh regional Indian's picture

Aghast, I updated the post with this:

So, a few quick pointers, as to why I think this tells a story.

1) This round of crisis began with the slow and ultimately furious hyperinflation and beggaring of Zimbabwe, a Black Nation. Poor Blacks

2) Then came Iceland, the whitest of the white. “let down” by their bretheren, Iceland blew up next. Poor Whites

3) Next big one was Ireland, another boomer that has busted, badly. Lot’s of political turmoil too and the constant potential for civil unrest

4) Tunisia, the  man on fire that lit a region on fire. That is how it began, Man on Fire.

5) The fire spread, quickly, first to peripheral nations (to this Axis)

6) Tunisia, Libya and Egypt share a Horizontal 33rd parallel connection. To understand more about how the 33rd:

7) The spark really settled in Libya, directly linked to Italy and the Vatican (joined at the hip)

 Spain is the euro bomb that will destroy the Euro. Most other nations have either Political clout or gold. Spain has sold it’s gold and is a EU stepchild right now. Portugal will be badly impacted, but other Med nations are in the periphery (for now).

9) See France and the UK, the ones doing all the no-fly zone demanding. Old North Africa death merchants. Right on the Axis.


This is a developing thesis, with the 33rd parallel marking the the cross-axis.


… the 33rd parallel is a ring of fire…. always has been, since antiquity.

Much more as I work through.

Any inputs, feedback, all welcome.


CrazyCooter's picture

It crosses Texas!!!

I still got family there!


Dapper Dan's picture
33rd Degree Mason Gaddafi and his vow: Will fight to ‘last drop of blood’

What is the secret of a 33rd Degree Mason?

This is a pointless question because no answer can be posted here. If you want to know something that only 33rd Degree Masons know, and you are not a 33rd degree Mason yourself, then the moment you learn it, it is no longer something that only 33rd degree Masons know.

EscapeKey's picture

"Good and Evil are both flip sides of the same coin."

DumPhuck's picture

Wow! Great observation. It also crosses AZ, where I am located. Hmmmm....

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

DONT PANIC!!!...The Saudi's can cover the lost production, hey they even said so, why would they lie?

--sarcasim off__ ;-)~

HoofHearted's picture

I believe that Gadaffi is simply nucking futs.

Flakmeister's picture

I hear he is into Brazilians....

CrazyCooter's picture

Its like ... Charlie Sheen ... with a whole countries GDP to spend for 40 years!


DavidC's picture

Now, let's see - on 9th March 2009 the stock markets turned on a sixpence - it would be interesting, if this story is true, to see the stock markets turn on a sixpence on the second anniversary...except the other way!


sulfur's picture

obama is gonna be ww3`s hitler... finally a world war not orchestrated through germany

Oh regional Indian's picture

Ah sulphur, but it is.

Who after all formed the basis for the CIA? Operation Paperclip? Banking....who were the various nice folks who gave us the FED?


Also read that it was debated at some point in congress if German should be the US national language.


Dr. Richard Head's picture

For once I agree with you ORI.  Germany has financed much of Gaddafi's armament since 2002 or 2004.

While Germany is not the primary supplier, they are a well-entrenched part of the ponzi scheme money laundering operation used to support the global police state. 

sulfur's picture

funny didnt know the language thing :)

well yes there are some german oligarchs at workbbut what i meant is that germany wont be the country to start the war these time...anyhow these are all just labels forstuff that doesnt really exist

EscapeKey's picture

Please tell me what the difference between Bush and Obama is again, except for the rhetoric?

Obama's a puppet. If McCain had been elected, he'd now be the puppet. The rhetoric would have differed, but the policies remained the same.

For all of Boehner's tough talk on the deficit, the "austerity plan" was a mighty joke.

Thomas's picture

They both squander money and drop bombs. The difference is that the republicans like to drop the bombs and the democrats enjoy squandering the money.

EscapeKey's picture

Hah, that's the best explanation I've yet heard. I might have to *borrow* that.

CrazyCooter's picture

I don't recall the name, but that is a paraphrase of a response from an individual with many decades in Washington on the Treasury side I believe. A president asked of him, as an advisor, about republican and democratic spending habits.

I really suck with names and I can't recall enough of the actual response to google it up. Perhaps someone with a better memory than I can cite his name.


moriarty's picture

Brilliant - my 1st post here. Worth the admission fee on its own

falak pema's picture

The one went to Yale the other to Harvard. They learnt the same sanctimonious sentiments but use different words. That's Ivy league education in a nut shell.

Cookie's picture

hahaha...will you be my mistress? ;-)

NoClueSneaker's picture


Great ... already krautized :-)

rwe2late's picture

 More precisely,

 The Republicans SAY they don't enjoy squandering money,

and the Democrats SAY they don't like dropping bombs.


But as you point out, they both bomb and squander,

and both share the spoils from military and financial chicanery.

ZackAttack's picture

I declare this comment today's Winner of the Internet.

Spitzer's picture

Somebody needs to pass on some good weapons to these rebels. It would be more entertaining that way.

falak pema's picture

Those SAS commando guys were trying to but got caught like your Avatar with their pants down by their ankles. Entertainment has this way of going sour on the film 'the party' of Blake Edwards starring the one and only Peter Sellers.

NoClueSneaker's picture

Robert Fisk already reported 'bout that.

Abdallah was supposed to deliver already, but he has the prioritities, beating his own ppl ... As soon he killed enough of Shiites he'll deliver the stuff to Bengazi ....

Cookie's picture

The ZH headline writer deserves an Oscar

max2205's picture

NATO No FLY and Egyptian ground forces soon

scatterbrains's picture

who needs to over throw countries anymore when you can just seize key oil terminals, like holding a box cutter to the worlds juggler.. pay us or we blow this biactch up.  Other potential rebels need to watch,learn, perfect their plans.

Twindrives's picture

Ghadaffi is a little quicker on the draw than the lame ass governments of  U.K. and U.S.  

YHC-FTSE's picture

Looks like the other commando team got their job done. Now for the push for No Fly Zones, ground attacks on AAA, troops to protect civillians, etc.....

falak pema's picture

So you think El Sider is their Trojan horse to get the US forces to knee jerk into Troy? Could be...slippery, sliding, sleight of hand game...five card stud with Brazilian hermaphrodites riding libyan camels...what a safari this is turning out...including a supernova fireworks...geddacks!

gordengeko's picture

And the S&P futures go higher.

Nout Wellink's picture

Some information has been leaked in Germany about the upcoming stress test regarding the EU banking sector. It is even worse than I feared: GDP shrinking by -0.5%, stock market going down by at most 15% and NO, I repeat NO, debt problem or restructuring regarding Portugal, Greece and/or Ireland. Of course not, I would say: a lot of German banks would fail the stress test, if a default would be in the test.

Conclusion: like last year this test seems to be one big joke. But: what's new ;-)

falak pema's picture

sounds more like thai body-body massage than stress tests...

Saxxon's picture

Relax, it's just a cooking fire.

creviceCaress's picture

i hope yer sons -n- daughters didnt do their 'duty' and sign up with selective service.....the question is, when they re-institute the draft,do we send 'em to canada or mexico?  i dont think canada is the answer anymore......maybe this could be the start of a massive emigration influx of illegal Merrycans invading mexico!  ....wouldnt a draft be great.....maybe...just maybe, the u.s. party would begin.