Iraq's northern oil exports to resume

BAGHDAD — Iraq will resume oil exports from its northern fields to Turkey yesterday, an oil industry official said, reopening a crucial pipeline that had been closed by sabotage since December.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Tue 15 Feb 2005, 9:49 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 4:25 PM

“Definitely they will start pumping today,” the official said, adding that oil should already be flowing.

A shipping source said earlier that oil exports to Turkey were poised to resume yesterday. “We’ve heard they will start around noon-time (1000GMT),” the shipping source said. “The terminal has been asked by Iraq to get ready.”

The comments contradict a statement on Sunday by Iraq’s oil minister that the pipeline remained closed because work to repair the damage from attacks had not been completed.

But the oil ministry often tries to play down reports that the pipeline could resume operating to discourage further sabotage attacks.

The pipeline, which runs from the refinery at Baiji north into Turkey and to the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan, has been closed since December following repeated attacked by insurgents and saboteurs determined to disrupt Iraq’s reconstruction.

When operational, the pipeline can pump a little over 1mbd.

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