Bomb Shuts Kirkuk-Ceyhan Pipeline

A bomb attack in the northern province of Nineveh halted oil flow through the Iraq-Turkey pipeline, which carries a quarter of Iraq's crude exports, a spokesman for Iraq's oil ministry said on Wednesday.

Reuters, quoting Oil Ministry spokesman Asim Jihad, reported that the attack occurred on Tuesday night, but oil flow is expected to resume in a "few days" after fixing the damage.

"A bomb attack ... has led to an explosion in the pipeline. There was no fire only an oil leak so flow was halted," Jihad said. "We have enough stocks in storage for exports."

The pipeline has a capacity of 1.6 million barrels per day and typically pumps 500,000 bpd.

There remained some confusion as to whether the blast was the result of a bomb or a technical fault.

(Source: Reuters)

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