10 Mar '11, 10am

Sabotaged Iraq oil pipeline 'closed for a week' - Straits Times #Iraq

KIRKUK (Iraq) - A FIRE that led to the shutdown of an oil pipeline from northern Iraq to Turkey was caused by sabotage, and repairs could take up to one week, an official at North Oil Company said on Thursday. Wednesday's attack at Ninawa, some 110 kilometres west of the city of Kirkuk, forced the complete shutdown of the pipeline which transports 450,000 to 500,000 barrels of crude oil per day. 'We need between three to seven days to repair the damage. A part of the damaged pipe will be replaced,' said the official at the state-owned Iraqi company that operates the pipeline. 'The fire took place due to an explosion that targeted the oil pipeline,' the official said on condition of anonymity. 'The technical report confirmed there was an act of sabotage. We cannot say precisely if it was a bomb or a rocket,' he added. Iraqi pipelines have often been targeted by militants in...

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