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Baghdad is pressing on with its plans for a new refinery at Karbala, despite Iraq’s financial and security woes, as it seeks to reduce reliance on light products imports. It also plans to boost crude and gasoline capacity at Basra refinery.
Iraq’s 140,000 b/d greenfield refinery project in Karbala province 120km south of Baghdad is taking shape, with the Korean engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract consortium securing a number of process licenses from US downstream technology firm UOP.
UOP says the project will incorporate its industry leading refining processes as well as automation controls from its Honeywell parent company to allow Iraq to maximize production of transports fuels, some of which the country currently imports.
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