Combining libyan resources
& local experience with
international reach and global
expertise to achieve world class
fertiliser manufacturing


of urea

* production volume for one year


of ammonia

* production volume for one year

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The Libyan Fertiliser Company is located at Marsa el Brega, on the Mediterranean coast, about 700 kilometers east of the Libyan capital Tripoli.

Production units

Lifeco, employing approximately 1.200 persons, is operating, since February 2009, two Ammonia and two Urea plants (prilling) in Marsa el Brega. The majority of the finished product volumes is sold to countries around the Mediterranean Sea. Significant volumes are also sold to countries further down in Africa and into the
77 Americas.

Production volumes


700.000 m.t.


900.000 m.t.

Partnering For Success

Established in February 2009, the Libyan Fertiliser Company is the only producer of mineral fertiliser in Libya. The company was established as a partnership between Libyan industry between NOC & LIA at NOC’s long existing fertiliser complex at Marsa el Brega.

LIFECO is a joint venture between Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC – 75% Shares) and the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA – 25% Shares)

75% NOC
25% LIA

Global Outlook

LIFECO will benefit from NOC`s technological and operational know-how, including its worldwide standards for safe and efficient plant operation and maintenance .. Key LIFECO staff will participate in NOC Technical Network, in order for LIFECO to benefit from this knowledge pool and to offer international development opportunities to LIFECO general staff.

Libya’s fertiliser industry has been developed based on the country’s energy resources. The establishment of the LIFECO and its integration with NOC`s network brings the industry into the global fertiliser industry and market, opening for production growth and market expansion.

Company Outlook

The LIFECO partnership aims to modernize and upgrade the production plants and processes at Marsa el Brega; optimizing and increasing plant efficiency and output, and to secure international market access. In the longer term, the company will evaluate the establishment of new production facilities – largely dependent on supplies of natural gas and global market prospects. Through SOC, NOC has developed a local structure and an organization with excellent knowledge of the fertiliser plants, and a complete well-structured services department ..  this will provides a solid foundation for making the partnership an industrial and commercial success.

Joint Venture

The joint venture has been established primarily to produce and market mineral fertiliser from Libya’s only ammonia/urea complex, at Marsa el Brega, formerly owned by the Sirte Oil Company (SOC). The partnership agreement calls for optimization and upgrading of existing plants, as well as the potential development of additional fertiliser production plants in Libya.

Plants of The Future

Through NOC & LIA, Sirte Oil Company (SOC) and (LIFECO) have combined forces to establish a strong and productive partnership. LIFECO’s goal is to optimize and upgrade the Marsa el Brega fertiliser complex, thereby ensuring its competitive future. To develop the complex at Marsa el Brega, LIFECO is leveraging both SOC’s almost three decades of local manufacturing experience and Other Global expertise.

Raw Materials and Exports

Raw Materials and Exports

LIFECO will purchase natural gas, its key competitive raw material, from Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) via SOC. LIFECO will purchase all the export ammonia and urea LIFECO produces .. and LIFECO will continue serving local customers in Libya directly from the plants.

Local Services and Utilities

Local Services and Utilities

SOC will continue to operate the Marsa el Brega chemical complex and retain ownership and operational responsibility for the electric power plant and seawater facilities. SOC will provide electricity, steam, cooling and desalinated/demineralized water to LIFECO, its methanol plants and other customers. LIFECO will source a wide range of local services from SOC, including central warehousing, workshop and laboratory services, heavy cranes and marine services, loss prevention services, housing, canteen and catering services, central office services, and transportation.

Production Plants and Facilities

Production Plants and Facilities

SOC has transferred several plants and facilities at the Marsa complex to LIFECO: Ammonia 1 and 2, Urea 1 and 2, the urea bagging plant, the ammonia and urea storages, and the ship loading facilities. These units have a combined daily production capacity of 2,200 tonnes of liquid ammonia, and 2,750 tonnes of urea prills.

Highly Skilled Employees

LIFECO employs about 1000 people at its Marsa el Brega production complex. The vast experience of the employees constitutes a major asset for the company. The LIFECO staff, who have mainly been recruited & transferred from corresponding positions at SOC, possess an intimate know-ledge & significant experience of ammonia and urea production.

LIFECO will build its future on the strong industrial culture, know-how and experience of the staff at Marsa el Brega. The management’s commitment to recognizing the value of the workers’ skills and contributions is reflected in a social contract giving employees opportunities for further education and training  for managers and staff alike.

LIFECO will support its future development by introducing management tools and systems used in the biggest Pioneers companies , and by leveraging the international experience and best practices of these experiences , LIFECO will try to maintain a healthy and safe environment to it`s staff and employees.

Lifeco management team

Management expertise

Management expertise

LIFECO has a core management team of senior executives with extensive experience of both Libyan industry and the international fertiliser industry.

The Board is the highest executive level of LIFECO, consisting of eight Directors:  appointed by NOC and LIA, The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LIFECO reports to the Board and leads the core management team. NOC has the right to appoint the CEO and other management members.