Baiji oil refinery resumes output

26 Jun 2011

(MENAFN) Shakir Al-Awadh, an engineer at Iraqi Baiji refinery, said that the refinery resumed its full capacity output following a disruption after an explosion and fire on the refinery’s main gas pipeline, reported Arab News.

Al-Awadh added that an explosion on the primary pipeline that used to transport natural gas from Kirkuk’s gas field to the refinery resulted in a fire at Baiji, forcing officials to switch to a backup pipeline to transfer gas into the plant.

He also said that in February, the refinery was completely closed for two days when militants attacked it, killing four workers and detonating bombs that touched off a raging fire.

It is worth noting that the Baiji refinery operates at around 70 percent of its 310,000 barrel per day capacity and produces 11 million liters of gasoline, 7 million liters of benzene and 4.5 million liters of kerosene per day.

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