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Q&A: Salman Hadar Salman, Deputy Director General of the South Refineries Company

The expansion of Iraq's largest refinery promises to reduce the country’s fuel imports and enable jet fuel exports.
South Refineries Company Deputy Director General Salman Hadar Salman at his office in November 2023. (ALI AL-AQILY/Iraq Oil Report)

BASRA - The rehabilitation and upgrade of the Shuaiba oil refinery in Basra is underway after years of delay and contractual disputes with the addition of a 70,000 Crude Distillation Unit and a Fluid Catalytic Cracking unit now due to be operational by end 2024 or early 2025, South Refineries Company Deputy Director General Salman Hadar Salman said in an interview with Iraq Oil Report.

On completion of the CDU and other upgrades, the refinery’s processing capacity will increase from 210,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 280,000 bpd, boosting production of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), 92 Octane gasoline, napththa, and jet fuel for export.

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