A spokesman for Iraq’s Oil Ministry has told AFP that production levels at the Baiji [Bayji, Beiji] oil refinery returned to normal on Friday, just six days after being damaged in terrorist bombing.
If true, this contradicts earlier estimates that it would take several weeks to repair the unit.
Assem Jihad said “the damaged unit restarted production and today recovered its normal production level of 150,000 bpd”.
The refinery, Iraq’s largest, was built in 1982 and is located 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of Baghdad. It produces 205,000 barrels per day, or 35 percent of Iraq’s refining capacity which, excluding Kurdish Iraq, stands at 550,000 bpd.
On the night of 25th February, a bomb exploded in the northern unit of the refinery, forcing it to shut down. Authorities have not identified the attackers.