Work to begin on Nassiriyah refinery in Iraq

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, May 25
– Design will begin soon on a 300,000 b/d refinery to be built in Nassiriyah, Iraq, according to a key contractor.

UOP LLC said Iraq’s State Company for Oil Projects, part of the Ministry of Oil, has selected it to provide reforming, isomerization, fluid catalytic cracking, and selective hydrotreating technologies for the new facility.

As part of the overall technology package, UOP will provide basic engineering, technology licenses, catalysts, and specialty equipment.

UOP, part of Honeywell, noted that Iraqi refining capacity is to more than double by 2017 to 1.6 million b/d and to double again by 2030.

Last year, the oil ministry reported plans to invest about $20 billion in four refineries. In addition to the facility at Nassiriyah, it has let contracts for preliminary work on refineries with capacities of 150,000 b/d each at Karbala, Kirkuk, and Maysan (OGJ, July 5, 2010, p. 36).

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