Israel’s refinery output hit a record 291,000 b/d for the first half of 2014, up 16,000 b/d on a year earlier as the country’s second largest plant in Ashdod completed a significant upgrade. Exports, especially of diesel, are rising even faster.

Israel has been rapidly shifting to domestically-produced gas as a power generation fuel since the key 1bn cfd Tamar offshore gas field came online in April last year. This means that the country’s rising refining capacity is translating into booming oil products exports. Recent refinery upgrades mean such exports are increasingly of EU-grade ultra-low sulfur motor fuels, essential seeing as Mediterranean EU countries are Israel’s key export market. (CONTINUED - 767 WORDS)