Tag Archives | Sabotage

Last Oil-Well Fire at Qayara Extinguished

By John Lee. Iraqi oil minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi [Allibi] has announced that the last remaining oil fire at the Qayara oil field has been extinguished. The Islamic State group (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) had sabotaged 34 of the 50 wells at Qayara, setting 18 of them on fire. The Minister expressed his gratitude to […]

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 […]

IS Pollutes Tigris River with Oil

By John Lee. The Islamic State group (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) has deliberately opened an oil pipe to let the oil flow into the Tigris River near Qayara (45 km south of Mosul) to pollute its water. BasNews reports that the pipe was opened early on Monday in retaliation for the defeats that Daesh has […]

Turkey Thwarts Bomb Attack on KRG’s Oil Pipeline

By John Lee. The Tukish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources has said its security forces defused a bomb on Saturday on the oil pipelines between Iraqi Kurdistan and Ceyhan port in Turkey. The ministry claimed that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) was behind the attempted attack. (Source: BasNews) (Sabotage image via Shutterstock)

Explosion Damages Gas Pipeline Near Kirkuk

By John Lee. An explosion on Friday has damaged a section of the pipeline that supplies gas for about half of the electricity generation in Iraqi Kurdistan. The KRG's Interior Ministry said an investigation was underway to find the cause of the explosion near the district of Shwan. The pipeline feeds gas from the Khor […]

KRG Loses $501m due to Oil Attacks

By John Lee. Sabotage and theft from pipelines has cost the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) an estimated $501 million (584 billion Iraqi dinars) since the start of July, the KRG's Ministry of Natural Resources said in a statement: "Persistent theft and attempted theft from the Iraq-Turkey crude oil pipeline in the southeast of Turkey continues […]

Pipeline Attacks “Cost KRG $250m”

Statement by KRG's Ministry of Natural Resources on attacks on the Kurdistan to Ceyhan oil export pipelines in Turkey Since July 27th, there have been repeated attempted thefts and sabotage attacks on the pipelines that carry crude oil from the Kurdistan Region to Ceyhan (pictured) in Turkey. This has led to an almost complete stoppage […]

Bomb Halts Kirkuk Oil Exports

By John Lee. Turkey's energy ministry has confirmed that the smaller of the two parallel pipelines from Kirkuk to Ceyhan (pictured) was sabotaged early on Wednesday in the district of Cizre in Turkey. Only the 40-inch line was operational at the time of the attack, with the parallel 46-inch line currently idled. Crude oil exports […]

Oil Pipeline Sabotaged in Diwaniya

By John Lee. An oil pipeline passing through the governorate of Diwaniya has reportedly been sabotaged by an explosion, the first event of its kind in the province. Aswat al-Iraq reports that the explosion was made by dynamite underneath the pipeline that runs from Basra to Baghdad. The explosion took place in Saniya area, 12 […]

Police Struggle to Protect Oil Pipelines

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Attacks on oil pipelines are expected to be an important issue in Iraq's upcoming parliamentary elections. The country loses millions in lost revenue and damages due to frequent attempts by armed groups, including […]

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 […]

Zubair Oil Storage Depot Bombed

A bomb attack on an oil storage depot in Iraq’s Zubair oilfield set one tank ablaze and halted pumping from the station, sources said on Sunday. AKnews reports that firefighters have got the flames under control, but 27,000 cubic meters of oil have been lost. Four devices were planted, one started the fire, two were […]