SOC reopens second terminal

05 March 2004
The first shipments of crude were lifted on 27 February from the Khor al-Amaya export terminal on the Shatt al-Arab waterway. South Oil Company (SOC), Iraq's biggest producer of oil, has completed a six-month refurbishment of the facility, which has capacity to load up to 400,000 barrels a day (b/d) of crude. The project's completion increases Iraq's total oil export capacity from the south to about 2.2 million b/d. Basra oil terminal, formally known as Mina al-Bakr, is the country's other major crude export facility.

SOC plans to open a third export terminal with the rehabilitation and expansion of the existing facility at Al-Faw. The company has invited bids for a site investigation and study of berths 3, 4, 5 and 6 at the port, which is located on the northern Gulf. Tendering is already under way for the construction of eight floating roof crude oil storage tanks at Al-Faw, each with capacity of 58,000 cubic metres. State Company for Oil Projects (SCOP)is working with SOC on the project.

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