Iraq to make its own transportation fuel

New refinery will process domestic crude into petrol and diesel fuel.
Iraq will make its own petrol, rather than importing it at great expense.
Iraq will make its own petrol, rather than importing it at great expense.

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A new transportation fuel refinery is to be built in Iraq, according to a statement released by Honeywell.

The State Company for Oil Projects (SCOP), under the Ministry of Oil for Iraq, has selected Honeywell to provide technology for the refinery in Nassiriya.

When built, the refinery will process 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) of domestic crude oil into petrol and diesel fuel.

“We are pleased to be working with the SCOP again as Iraq focuses on doubling its oil refining capacity,” said Rajeev Gautam, president and CEO of Honeywell UOP.

“The high yields delivered by our technologies combined with our methodology for process unit integration and optimisation will enable SCOP to produce the maximum yields of high-quality gasoline and diesel product while also maximising the economic value of the project.”

Honeywell will provide reforming, isomerisation, fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) and selective hydrotreating technologies.

It will provide basic engineering, technology licenses, catalysts and speciality equipment for the new refinery. Design will begin in the second quarter of 2011.

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