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In pictures: Oil crudely extracted in Syria
Disruption in supply spurs amateurs to build their own make-shift refineries.
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2013 08:11
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Ras al-Ain, Syria - Abu Zechariah and his two sons are farmers in the Kurdish town of Ras al-Ain, in northeastern Syria. They are one of many families throughout Syria that have decided to start privately refining crude oil as a way to make money.

Trucks come from Ramlan to Ras al-Ain, where they then begin to extract the low-quality fuel using rudimentary and dangerous equipment.

Rival rebel groups and regime forces continue to battle for control of strategic oil and gas fields in Syria's northeast. Since the war began, local demand for oil has soared due to the disruption in supply from the West, which has led to small, privately owned refineries being built throughout Syria. Though profitable, this process of refining "rock oil" is unhealthy, and explosions are always a risk.


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One of Abu Zechariah's sons covers his mouth and nose while working with the refinery to avoid inhaling smoke emitted from the rusty tank.



/Jeffry Ruigendijk/Transterra Media

A fire rages under the boiler filled with crude oil. The intense heat vapourises the oil, after which the vapour can be cooled back down to diesel or petrol.



/Jeffry Ruigendijk/Transterra Media

A farmhand feeds the fire under the oil boiler with distillery waste, producing oppressive smoke that stings the eyes and mouth. 



/Jeffry Ruigendijk/Transterra Media

A farmhand stands nearby the home-made oil refinery, consisting of a rusted tank connected to a few tubes.



/Jeffry Ruigendijk/Transterra Media

Abu Zechariah sells diesel and petrol per liter, and sometimes per half-liter.



/Jeffry Ruigendijk/Transterra Media

The freshly distilled diesel is poured into a barrel, after which it is transported to the city and sold on the streets.



/Jeffry Ruigendijk/Transterra Media

Abu Zechariah's sons work with their father, with one standing by the refinery and the other collecting the produced diesel in an oil barrel.



/Jeffry Ruigendijk/Transterra Media

Abu Zechariah's home-made refinery has replaced his crops, which he had cultivated before the war began.




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A fire rages under the boiler filled with crude oil. The intense heat vapourises the oil, after which the vapour can be cooled back down to diesel or petrol.

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A farmhand feeds the fire under the oil boiler with distillery waste, producing oppressive smoke that stings the eyes and mouth. 

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A farmhand stands nearby the home-made oil refinery, consisting of a rusted tank connected to a few tubes.

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Abu Zechariah sells diesel and petrol per liter, and sometimes per half-liter.

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The freshly distilled diesel is poured into a barrel, after which it is transported to the city and sold on the streets.

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Abu Zechariah(***)s sons work with their father, with one standing by the refinery and the other collecting the produced diesel in an oil barrel.

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Abu Zechariah(***)s home-made refinery has replaced his crops, which he had cultivated before the war began.

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