Ra's Lanuf is the name of a small Mediterranean town in Libya in the Gulf of Sirte. The city is home to the homonym oil refinery, a petro-chemical complex and pipelines.
In 1981 a development plan was established by the Government of Libya, to provide housing and supporting facilities for employees working in the petroleum industry. The main goal of the project was to create a well functioning urban settlement of high quality with all the necessary services, including social buildings such as hospitals, office buildings, motels, schools and a supermarket.
The project implemented in at the beginning of 1980s was expected to be completed in 1994.
The general layout of the town is linear following the coastline thus allowing easy access to the sea. Three public centers with services are surrounded by high-rise housing blocks. Pedestrian roads are laid out to facilitate circulation between different sections.