Iraq extends bid deadline for Diwaniya oil refinery project

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq extended the deadline for foreign companies and investors to bid for the construction of a 70,000-barrels-per-day oil refinery in Diwaniya, south of Baghdad, the oil ministry said.

Documents for the bidding process will now be available until Sept. 2 and the bidding will close on Oct. 30, the ministry said in a statement.

Bidding documents provide for two investment models build-own-operate and build-operate-transfer, it said.

The refinery is one of several oil-processing projects offered by Iraq as part of its plan to become self-sufficient in oil products.

Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Editing by Dale Hudson