One of Iraq’s two main oil export pipelines blown up

BAGHDAD - Saboteurs blew up one of Iraq’s two main oil export pipelines in southern Iraq on Thursday, a Southern Oil Company official told Reuters.

By (Reuters)

Published: Thu 27 Mar 2008, 5:34 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:24 PM

The attack came on the third day of an Iraqi military operation against fighters loyal to Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al- Sadr in the oil port of Basra. The pipeline was attacked 7 km south of Basra. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

“This morning saboteurs blew up the pipeline transporting crude from Zubair 1 by placing bombs beneath it. The pipeline was severely damaged,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“Crude exports will be greatly affected because this is one of two main pipelines transporting crude to the southern terminals. We will lose about a third of crude exported through Basra,” he said.

Iraq exported 1.54 million barrels per day from Basra in February.

“Firefighters are struggling to control the fire, which is huge. A lot of crude has spilt onto the ground. The main pumping station of Zubair 1 was shut down. We will not be able to repair it unless security is provided for the crews,” the official said.

“If we managed to control the fire today, we will need three days to repair the pipeline,” he said.

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