Iraq now has refining capacity of 800,000 bpd: Ministry of Oil

An oil field is seen in Dibis area on the outskirts of Kirkuk, Iraq October 17, 2017. Reuters

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Oil announced on Wednesday (January 22) that the capacity of local refineries has increased to an estimated 800,000 barrels per day (bpd) and that it had completed the rehabilitation of refineries located in areas liberated from Islamic State (ISIS).

Undersecretary for Refineries Affairs Hamid Younis al-Zobaie said in a statement that “all refineries throughout the country are operating at full operational capacity.”

“The combined capacity of these refineries amounts to 800,000 bpd, which breaks down to 15 million liters of gasoline and 20 million liters of diesel, along with 7 million liters of kerosene and quantities of other by-products.”

He added that the quantity of refined products meets local needs, except for gasoline and diesel which continue to be imported.

Zobaie said that he expected the total refining capacity to increase to more than 1 million bpd if the al-Samoud and Karbala refineries are brought fully online.

(NRT Digital Media)