Exports via Ceyhan Halted for 3 Wks

By John Lee.

Pumping along the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline has reportedly been halted since the beginning of March due to sabotage, and it is unclear when exports can re-start.

Oil volume through the pipeline dropped almost a quarter in January (compared to January 2013), having already fallen by 37 percent in 2013 compared to 2012, according to Turkey’s Energy Market Regulatory Authority.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has also started pumping oil to Turkey via a new pipeline that ties into the Kirkuk-Ceyhan network, which is controlled by Baghdad. Both are using the same pumping station, which has also caused some problems.

(Source: Hurriyet Daily News, Reuters)

(Picture: Ceyhan Pipeline Marine Terminal)

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