By John Lee.
The South Oil Company (SOC) has started work on extension the Khor al-Amaya [Khor Al-Omaia] oil terminal (pictured) in Basra.
Dredging operations have started with the intention of deepening of the shipping passages and anchor places for oil tankers.
A Japanese loan will also facilitate the completion of the main transport pipeline, and improvement of the pumping operations at the port.
According to a report from Reuters, the terminal has a current loading capacity of around 600,000 bpd, which will increase to 1.2 million bpd as a result of the latest work.
An SOC spokesperson told the news agency that improvements will also enable Suezmax vessels -- tankers that can carry up to 1 million barrels of crude -- to load at the port.
(Sources: Ministry of Oil, Reuters)