As tension rose this week with the threat of an imminent air strike on Syria, the country’s Oil Minister Sulaiman ‘Abbas on 28 August said necessary measures had been taken to ensure the domestic availability of petroleum products.

Teams from his ministry were promptly carrying out repairs to oil and gas installations and facilities sabotaged by the opposition, to ensure uninterrupted supply of products to the Syrian people, Mr ‘Abbas said. The two Syrian refineries of Homs and Banias are operating at “full capacity” and the ministry as well as the local distribution company Mahrukat, have stored enough supplies of diesel oil and gasoline to meet demand throughout the winter season and beyond, he added. (CONTINUED - 402 WORDS)