Baghdad - INA
Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar stressed the importance of expediting plans to increase production at Qayyarah refinery.
Abdul-Jabbar inspected the Qayarah refineries in Nineveh and al-Samoud in Salah al-Din, according to a statement by the Ministry of Oil received by (INA), today, Sunday, the progress of implementing the reconstruction and rehabilitation projects.He stressed the importance of speeding up plans to increase production in Qayarah refinery, and instructed the Minister of Oil to add a new production unit with a capacity of (70) thousand barrels per day.
The Minister of Oil indicated that the ministry’s plans aim to increase production from northern refineries to 280,000 barrels per day, stressing that in light of the decline in oil prices and the difficulties facing the Iraqi economy, the ministry relies a lot on the refining, gas and petrochemical industries and considers it an economic pillar to sustain and strengthen National development, and the Ministry has prepared plans that achieve this goal.
On a related note, Abdul-Jabbar urged workers at the Al-Sumoud refinery in Baiji, during a meeting with the director of the Northern Refineries Company and the company's workers, to increase production and accelerate projects for rehabilitation and development of productive units affected by the terrorist operations that afflicted the refinery earlier.
He pointed out the ministry's intention to raise the refinery's production capacity to more than 280,000 barrels per day, through rehabilitation projects and the implementation of new projects.For his part, Undersecretary for Liquidation Affairs Hamid Yunus said that the production capacity of the northern refineries is currently more than (75) thousand barrels per day, and it is hoped that it will reach (120) thousand barrels per day by the end of this year.