Iraq Hopes to Fix Turkey Pipeline by Thursday

Iraq's Oil Ministry hopes to resume supply through the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline by Thursday, after a rupture halted the flow of crude, a spokesman said on Sunday.

Pumping was halted early on Saturday; the cause of the rupture was not immediately clear but an official at Iraq's North Oil Co said on Sunday that it was caused by technical problems, not sabotage.

"The stoppage of oil exports to Ceyhan was caused by a leakage caused by a rupture in the 46 inch pipeline," Oil Ministry spokesman Asim Jihad said. "Repair crews are working to replace the damaged area and hopefully we'll be able to resume exports before next Thursday."

(Source: Reuters)

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