Iraq's northern oil exports halted due to sabotage

Nov 03, 2004 01:00 AM

Iraq's northern oil exports were halted following a series of massive attacks on Iraq's pipeline network linking northern oil fields in Kirkuk to Turkey.
Several fire engines, dozens of fire-fighters and security personnel struggled to curb the flame in the oil fields, some 40 km west of the oil rich city of Kirkuk.

The US military said that there were four separate attacks against the vital industry of the war-torn country. The worst bomb attack was hitting a network connecting the Khubbaz oil wells with refineries in Baiji and Baghdad.
Further to the south, another blast hit a main export pipeline transporting oil to the Turkish terminal of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean, the Iraqi police said.

Iraq has been exporting some 300,000 bpd in recent days through the pipeline to Ceyhan, mainly from the Kirkuk oil fields in the north.
Iraq is producing an average of 2.8 mm bpd, of which 2.1 mm bpd are from the south, Oil Minister Thamer Ghadban said.

Source: Xinhuanet
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