Q&A: Shwan Aziz Saleh, Director General of Al-Barham Group

The 50,000 bpd Kirkuk refinery is set to produce more quantities of higher-quality gasoline and naphtha, thereby reducing the fuel oil that is exported.
Q&A: Shwan Aziz Saleh, Director General of Al-Barham Group
Al-Barham Group's Director General Shwan Aziz Saleh (second from right) poses with Iraqi Oil Minister Thamir Ghadhban (right), Deputy Oil Minister for Refining Hamid Younis Salih (second from left), and Al-Barham Group's Deputy Director General Haval Ali Hameed following the signing of the fuel supply agreement in Baghdad on May 16, 2019. (Source: Al-Barham Group)

BAGHDAD - As a net importer of fuel, Iraq needs to expand refining capacity – and an upgrade to the 50,000 barrels per day (bpd) Kirkuk refinery could provide significant value to the hard-hit area in northern Iraq.

Four new units will be built within the next two years, allowing Iraq to capture more revenue from its crude by further refining fuel oil – a byproduct that is currently exported – into higher-value gasoline and naphtha.

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