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Official: Kurdistan Oil Refineries Can Meet Fuel Needs of Kurdistan
Official: Kurdistan Oil Refineries Can Meet Fuel Needs of Kurdistan

The oil products director of north Iraq, Mohammed Ahmed Zebari, maintained that if Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) accentuates on improving the two refineries of Kavragosk and Baziyan, the two can provide the required gasoline, and petrol for the whole Region in 2011.

 

 

In an interview with AKnews on Friday, Zebari expanded on some general issues related to oil.     

 

 

 

AKnews: How come that you, a Kurd, were assigned as the director general for north Iraqi oil while Erbil and Baghdad are still debating over oil and gas bill? 

 

Zebari: It is 38 years that I work in oil sector across Iraq and in the meantime I have assumed different top positions. In 2003 I was democratically elected to my current office.

 

AKnews: It is for a long while that Kirkuk oil is excavated and sold to the international market. What is the oil capacity of the province at the present time?


  
Zebari: The ousted Iraqi Baath regime's excavation of the oil in the province was not scientific. Currently the underground crude oil of the province has dropped 60 percent in particular in the Avana, Shura refineries.

 

There are some other refineries in Kirkuk but if the territorial disputes between the KRG and Baghdad government are settled, and in case some areas incorporate into the Region, the province's oil resources may decline further for a number of the refineries are located in the pending areas.

 

AKnews: Can Kurdistan Region depend on its oil products for providing its fuel locally?

 

Zebari: If KRG accentuates on improving the two refineries of Kavragosk and Baziyan, the two refineries can provide the required gasoline, kerosene, and petrol for the whole Region in 2011.

 

 

 

Erbil,   September 12, 2010 ( AK News )

Reported by Hevidar Ahmed


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