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Pipeline attack halts Iraq oil flow to Turkey

BY HASSAN HAFIDH

LONDON -- A bomb struck early Monday the main export pipeline carrying Iraqi crude oil from Kirkuk fields to the Turkish port of Ceyhan, cutting off flows and causing a huge fire, two Middle East shipping agents said.

The explosion took place in Mardin province, near the Turkish border with Syria, the agents told Dow Jones Newswires.

"The flow of Iraqi oil has been suspended since 0300 [local time] because of an attack against the pipeline inside Turkey," a shipping agent at Ceyhan port said, adding that it would take at least five days to repair the damaged pipeline and resume the flow.

Iraq was pumping some 360,000 barrels a day before the blast, another agent said.

Both agents knew nothing about who was behind the attack. They said there were ten international vessels at anchorage waiting for loading Iraqi crude in the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan.

Neither Iraq nor Turkish officials were available immediately to comment.

Dow Jones Newswires

08/06/2012

 

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