Stoppage at Baiji Refinery
Baghdad-East : An official at the Baiji refinery, the biggest plant for refining crude oil in Iraq, said that there was a work stoppage today, Saturday, due to the interruption of electricity. The source, who refused to reveal his name, said that the Baiji refinery stopped production for the fourth consecutive day because of electricity blackouts. "For his part, a police official in Beiji broke that the lasting power outages led to the suspension of the refinery for petroleum derivatives to stop for the fourth consecutive day." It is noteworthy that Iraq suffered last summer a sharp crisis in fuel shortages the oil-rich country has not seen in its history, as the price of a liter of gasoline rose to one dollar on the black market while the real value did not exceed twenty cents. Iraq produces ten million liters per day of oil derivatives but the country imports seven million, but needs 22 million liters, according to the Ministry.