Syria: Banias Refinery Workers March for Syria and Bashar

Could it be that Syrian refinery workers thought it wise to warn imperialists not to descend on Syria to liberate their oil and jobs from them in the name of liberating them from Bashar? — Ed.

Tartous, Syria, 29 March 2011

Cf. “Syria is the only significant crude oil producing country in the Eastern Mediterranean region, which includes Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.  In 2009, Syria produced about 400,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) of crude and other petroleum liquids.  Oil production has stabilized after falling for a number of years, and is poised to turn around as new fields come on line.  In 2008, Syria produced 213 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas, and is expected to double its gas production by the end of 2010. . . .  Regional integration in the energy sector is expected to increase as a result of the 2008 opening of the Syrian link of the Arab Gas Pipeline and ongoing plans for the expansion of the pipeline network to include neighboring countries Turkey, Iraq, and Iran” (U.S. Energy Information Administration, “Syria,” June 2010); “Iran and Venezuela Will Build Refinery in Syria” (Press TV, 21 October 2011); Oxford Business Group, “Energy,” The Report: Syria 2011 (2011); “The Kirkuk-Banias Pipeline” (Pipelines International, March 2011).


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