Shaiba oil refinery in southern Iraq city of Basra.
Gas burns off at the Shaiba oil refinery, supplier of petrol and other oil derivatives for the whole of southern Iraq, located about 20 kms (12 miles) south of Basra July 24, 2005. Last week Iran and Iraq signed an oil deal they hope would pave the way to further diplomatic rapprochement between them. Iraq signed a preliminary agreement to export 150,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude from the southern city of Basra to Abadan refinery in southwest Iran, a spokeswoman for Iran's oil ministry said. REUTERS/Atef Hassan RCS/DY