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Overnight blast interrupts Iraq-Turkey oil pipeline

Published on Aug 6, 2012 9:35 PM
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ANKARA (AFP) - An overnight blast in south-eastern Turkey interrupted oil flow from Iraq, with Kurdish rebels suspected to be behind the explosions, Turkish and Iraqi authorities said on Monday.

The blast hit the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline in Mardin province close to Turkey's border with Syria and repairs are expected to take up to 10 days, an energy ministry official said on customary condition of anonymity.

"An act of sabotage inside Turkey targeted a pipeline carrying Iraqi oil to the Turkish port of Ceyhan after midnight," causing pumping to be stopped, Iraqi oil ministry spokesman Assem Jihad also told AFP.

He insisted that it "will not affect exports and its repair will be completed quickly." Iraq's North Oil Company will switch to pumping through a second pipeline, and exports from Ceyhan are to continue using reserves of oil there, Mr Jihad said.

 
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