July 28, 2016 / 4:45 AM / 3 years ago

Yemen to transfer 1 million barrels of crude to restart refinery - report

DUBAI, July 28 (Reuters) - Yemen’s exiled government will transfer 1 million barrels of crude oil to the Aden refinery to restart its operations, the Sabanew.net news agency reported late on Wednesday, quoting an unnamed government official.

Restarting operations at the refinery is a priority for the government, the agency quoted the official as saying. “This will restart the activity of the refinery that had stopped for months.”

Yemen had said earlier on Wednesday that it sold 3 million barrels of crude to Glencore, in a move that drew criticism from the refinery struggling to provide fuel for local power stations.

The refinery criticised the sale, saying President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government had promised to give it a portion of the crude that had been kept at Dabbah port on the Gulf of Aden to resume operations.

Aden refinery has struggled to provide fuel for power stations in the city since Hadi’s forces drove the Houthis out in July last year. (Reporting By Maha El Dahan; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

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