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Turkey suffered not only severe physical damage in the tremendous earthquake Aug. 17 but also subtle damage to its oil ambitions.Hardest hit was the 226,000 b/d Tupras Turkiye Petrol Rafinerileri AS refinery at Izmit.The refinery suffered a major fire after the earthquake, sustaining about $200 million in damages.The plant, which had supplied about a third of Turkey's products demand, is expected to resume full production in about 4 months.It was designed to withstand an earthquake measuring 9 on the Richter scale but was near the epicenter of a shock that registered 7.8. A tower collapsed, and seven tanks caught fire.It took 4 days to extinguish the blazes, which rocked Izmit with ex...

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