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Q&A: Habib Abdul-Ameer Aoda, Deputy Manager of the FCC Project at Shuaiba Refinery

A long-delayed upgrade of Iraq's largest refinery is now moving forward, promising to boost high-octane fuel production and reduce dependence on imports.
Habib Abdul-Ameer Aoda, deputy manager of the FCC project at the Shuaiba refinery in Basra, at his office in February 2023. (ALI AL-AQILY/Iraq Oil Report)

BASRA - The Oil Ministry has long wanted to upgrade its refineries so that Iraq can extract more value from its crude, produce higher-quality fuels, and reduce dependence on costly imports.

But one major initiative — a Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) project at the Shuaiba refinery in Basra — has been plagued by a series of delays since it was conceived a decade ago.

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