Karbala refinery begins to come online

The long-delayed refinery has partially opened with production of heavy fuel oil and the promise of lighter products to come.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani speaks at an opening ceremony for the Karbala refinery on April 1, 2023. (Photo credit: Prime Minister's Office)

The much-delayed Karbala refinery has finally been inaugurated by Iraq’s Prime Minister - an opening that will eventually allow Iraq to produce millions of liters per day of high-quality light oil products to meet growing domestic demand for gasoline.

Two Karbala refinery officials said that the refinery is currently only producing heavy fuel oil and is not yet producing the lighter-end fuels like high-octane gasoline.

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