Oil minister says Karbala refinery to start in September 2022 – report

Iraqi Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul Jabbar is pictured during a meeting in Karbala, May 2, 2021. (INA)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi Minister of Oil Ihsan Abdul Jabbar said on Sunday a refinery under construction in Karbala should come on stream in September 2022, according to Reuters.

Abdul Jabbar stressed the importance of accelerating the completion of the refinery project during a visit to Karbala city, the state-run Iraqi News Agency reported.

He said when fully completed the refinery would enable Iraq to phase out 90% of the oil products it currently has to import.

The refinery contains 35 production and operation units, including four gasoline production units, fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit and a Naphtha Polycarbonate unit.

He also instructed the refinery’s management to expedite the completion of the technical measures required to supply the province’s electric power system with a capacity of 200 megawatts in summer, INA said.

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