Bids invited for Daura refinery upgrade

26 September 2003
The local Midland Refinery Company has invited Japanese and US companies to bid by 15 November for the upgrade of processing units at the Daura refinery, located on the outskirts of Baghdad. The project covers replacement of a 10,000-barrel-a-day (b/d) reformer unit and a 13,000-b/d diesel hydro-desulphurisation unit. Daura produces about 80,000 b/d of mostly middle distillates for the domestic market. The plant is running some way under its pre-war nameplate capacity of 110,000 b/d. Daura was originally built by a US team of Foster Wheeler and Kellogg Brown & Root(MEED 4:7:03).

The units were due for replacement under the UN oil-for-food programme, which is set to expire in November. A number of Russian companies were understood to have signed contracts for rehabilitation work at the refinery before the war. These contracts are now understood to be void. Iraq's other main refineries are located at Basra and Baiji. Total installed refining capacity is estimated to be in the region of 500,000 b/d.

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