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Refineries in Bahrain and Oman continue operations amid protests

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

The oil refineries of Bahrain and Oman continued to run as planned in the midst of anti government protests.

Oman’s state owned oil processor stated that its 85 000 bpd Mina al Fahal refinery in Muscat and its 116 400 bpd refinery at the port of Sohar were both running at full capacity.

Meanwhile, a hydrocracker at Bahrain’s only refinery is offline for maintenance until the end of March. This is expected to temporarily reduce the capacity from 267 000 bpd to approximately 200 000 bpd. As a result Bapco, the state owned operator of the refinery, is receiving reduced crude oil flows through a pipeline from Saudi Arabia.

Approximately 90% of Bapco employees went on strike last week in response to a police crackdown on demonstrations, significantly effecting production. However, 80% have now returned work and there have been few delays in the maintenance program.

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