The refinery’s operator Societe Anonyme Marocaine de l’Industrie de Raffinage (Samir)said on 28 November that it would bring back on stream 60 per cent of the refinery’s output capacity of 125,000 barrels a day (b/d) within the next 10 days. However managing director Abderrahmane Saadi told reporters that from when the repair work on the refinery begins in January it will take between eight months and a year to restore full capacity. The refinery had been planning an expansion and upgrade (MEED 25:10:02).