Baiji refinery begins its comeback

Despite ongoing violence, including a weekend pipeline bombing, the Baiji refinery's resumption of operations marks progress in Iraq's northern oil sector.
A view of the Baiji oil refinery compound on Dec. 8, 2014. (AHMED SAAD/Reuters)

The Baiji refinery, taken offline by the war with the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) militant group in 2014, has partially resumed operations.

The 70,000 barrel per day (bpd) Salahaddin-2 unit of the refinery is operating at full capacity as of Saturday, according to a senior North Oil Company (NOC) official, a Baiji worker, and an industry official.

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