Iraq: War, Low Products Prices Stymie Attempts To Attract Downstream FDI

Low product prices as well as violence are preventing Iraq from attracting the foreign investment urgently needed to overhaul its refining capacity.

Iraq needed to upgrade existing refineries and expand overall refining capacity even before Islamic State (IS) Jihadists destroyed the country’s largest refinery at Baiji. As with elsewhere in the Gulf region, Iraq’s state-owned refineries have long had...