Oil Fires put out at Qayara, some still Burning

By John Lee.

Iraq has reportedly put out fires at six more oil wells in the Qayara region, which Iraqi forces recaptured from the Islamic State group (Daesh, IS, ISIS, ISIL) last month.

But Reuters quotes the Iraqi oil ministry as saying on Tuesday that at least three fires are still blazing.

The wells had been sabotaged by IS militants before they fled.

The oil ministry does not expect to resume production in Qayara before the recapturing of Mosul.

The two main fields, Qayara and Najmah, used to produce 30,000 bpd of heavy sour crude before the takeover by Islamic State group. There is also a small refinery to process some of the oil.

(Source: Reuters)

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