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Partial operations at Baiji refinery commenced this week for the first time since Islamic State (IS) overran the plant in June 2014 inflicting catastrophic damage ( MEES, 26 September 2014 ). Prior to 2014 Baiji had 310,000 b/d nameplate capacity and produced around a third of Iraq’s gasoline and diesel before the IS takeover.
The restart follows the rehabilitation of the 70,000 b/d Salahuddin-2 unit, oil minister Jabbar al-Luaibi said on 9 September.
The start-up of Sahahuddin-2 takes theoretical capacity of the six refineries under North Refineries Company (NRC) to 180,000 b/d versus 420,000 b/d pre-2014 when Baiji’s other two units were operational. NRC says it is prioritizing rehabilitation of the 70,000 b/d Salahuddin-1 unit to be followed by the larger 170,000 b/d Baiji North unit with the ultimate aim of raising NRC throughputs to 350,000 b/d. (CONTINUED - 1328 WORDS)
DATA INSIDE THIS ARTICLE
|chart||IRAQ’S GASOLINE BALANCE (‘000 B/D): DESPITE OUTPUT RISING TO A 4-YEAR HIGH OF 69,000 B/D IN Q2 THE COUNTRY REMAINS RELIANT ON IMPORTS TO MEET 50% OF DEMAND|
|chart||DIESEL IMPORTS ARE MORE MODEST, HAVING EASED FROM 32,000 B/D FOR 2017 TO 25,000 B/D FOR 1H18 BUT ARE STILL RELIED ON TO MEET 20% OF DEMAND|
|table||FEDERAL IRAQI REFINERIES ('000 B/D)|