API: Iraqi reconstruction progressing despite security problems

Reconstruction of Iraq's oil industry has progressed recently despite continuing security problems, government and industry officials reported at American Petroleum Institute's annual meeting in New Orleans last week.Since mid-September, production of crude oil has reached 2 million b/d, and exports have exceeded 1 million b/d, said Gary L. Vogler, deputy senior oil advisor of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Baghdad.Vogler also said Iraq's three main refineries at Basra 140,000 b/d, Daura 100,000 b/d, and Baiji 290,000 b/d have resumed nearly full operations. An immediate goal is to restart several 10,000 b/d refineries the Iraqis call "package units" at locati...

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