Oil Flow to Ceyhan Resumes

Following our report of a guerrilla attack halting the transport of oil through the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline, news agencies report the resumption of oil flow to the port through the second pipeline.

Oil flow was restored to 350,000-400,000 barrels per day, the same rate as before the bombing, said an official with Iraq's North Oil Company in Kirkuk.

"Iraq started from the first hours of today exporting through the Iraqi oil pipeline to Turkey," said the official, who asked not to be named. "We are pumping the same volume as before the attack. No problems at all at the current time", according to Reuters, who also report that the main pipeline will be repaired in six to seven days.

AFP expects the repairs to last ten day.

(Sources: Reuters, AFP, Aswat al-Iraq)

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