New explosion hits Khuzestan oil pipeline

Oct 16, 2005 02:00 AM

An explosion at Maroun oil pipeline in the south-western province of Khuzestan ignited a fire and halted oil flow in the line. It took fire-fighters a few hours to bring the fire under control.
The cause of the incident is under investigation, the report said. It was not immediately known if the fire will affect oil exports.

An official of the Khuzestan governor's office ruled out any terrorist involvement in the explosion, which happened a few hours after two terrorist bombings in the provincial capital Ahvaz killed four people and wounded more than 100 others.
The Maroun fire follows a huge fire at Abadan-Mahshahr pipeline earlier this month that started when accumulated gas in the air was ignited by a flame at a security post.

Iran has experienced a string of fires and explosions at its oil and gas pipeline networks in recent months.
Some of the fires have been blamed on old pipelines and facilities that are in need of replacement.

Source: PIN/Dow Jones
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