Oil, Gas & Mining

Gas plants operated by the government in central parts of Syria are working at almost full capacity according to the minister of petroleum.
Chinese companies operating in Syria have left the country after a call by Beijing on all its citizens to avoid travelling to Syria, the spokesman of the Chinese foreign ministry said last week.
Syria’s phosphate production in the first six months of 2013 was well below historic averages, according to government statistics.
The subsidy bill for oil products reached SYP 112 billion in the first half of this year, according to the minister of petroleum.
Iran and Syria formalised last week an agreement for the disbursement of some USD 3.6 billion of Iranian funds to Damascus that will be used to purchase oil products.
Iran and Syria have signed a framework agreement for the transport of Iranian gas through Iraqi territory and onto Syria.
Syria’s oil and gas industry has lost more than USD 13 billion in the last two years, according to the Ministry of Oil.
Syria’s exports of phosphate in the first six months of this year were well below historic averages, according to official statistics.
The refinery of Banias on the Syrian coast is operating again after a month of maintenance work, according to Syrian officials.
The Syrian government has increased the price of gas oil for the fifth time in around one year.
Continuing shortages of oil products in the market have led to the dismissal of the head of Mahrukat only six months after his appointment.
The Syrian government is paying some USD 500 million every month to import oil products, the minister of petroleum and mineral resources said.
The Syrian government has increased by 23 percent the price of gasoline only one week after that of fuel oil.
The government has imposed a fourfold increase in the price of fuel oil in a bid to reduce its subsidies bill.
The Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources has confirmed the sharp drop in Syria’s crude oil production.


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