Iraq’s oil ministry this week announced that two long-delayed refinery improvement projects are near competition and will add an additional 80,000 b/d to the country’s tattered refining fleet in the coming months.

The biggest boost will come from a new 70,000 b/d crude distillation unit being built at the 210,000 b/d Basra refinery, the country’s largest. The project was initially awarded to Czech contractor Technoexport in 2015 (MEES, 23 October 2015), but the seemingly straightforward expansion has suffered innumerable delays. (CONTINUED - 275 WORDS)