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Iraq expands refining capacity to reduce oil product imports

Many of the refineries in Iraq are outdated and operate below capacity.
An Iraqi worker adjusts a control valve at the Daura oil refinery, Baghdad, Iraq, Nov. 5, 2009.

BAGHDAD - During a visit to the South Refineries Company Nov. 4, Iraq's new Oil Minister Hayan Abdel Ghani announced that his ministry's policy is to focus on increasing the refining capacity of the company to 350,000 barrels per day.

“The southern refineries are today one of the largest Iraqi refineries in terms of production and the large volume of work they do in meeting the needs of citizens and consumers of oil products," Abdel Ghani said. "Despite the challenges and economic and health crises that the country has faced in the past period, the workers in the south refineries were at the level of responsibility through their distinguished efforts to continue working and producing.”

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