Explosion strikes oil pipeline in Iraq

A bomb struck an oil pipeline Thursday, cutting off supplies and causing a huge fire in southern Iraq near the border with Kuwait, an official said.

Explosion strikes oil pipeline in Iraq

A bomb struck an oil pipeline Thursday, cutting off suppliesand causing a huge fire in southern Iraqnear the border with Kuwait,an official said.

The pipeline carries oil from surrounding fields to storage tanks in Basra for export to theGulf region, according to the official with the South Oil Co. But he said thetanks were full and export supplies had not yet been affected.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn'tauthorized to speak to the media, said the explosion occurred about midnightand the fire raged for hours before it was extinguished in the afternoon.

He said oil had stopped flowing from the fields to the storage tanks butsupplies were sufficient and exports were not affected.

The attack occurred just north of Safwan near the border with Kuwait, theofficial said, adding that he expected the fire to be extinguished laterThursday. The Oil Ministry in Baghdadcould not immediately be reached for comment.

Iraq exports about 2million barrels of oil a day of which about 1.6 million barrels are exportedthrough the port of Basra and come 300,000 are being pumped from thenorthern city of Kirkuk to the Turkish port of Ceyhan.

Oil production has plummeted since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003 asthe oil pipelines have faced repeated sabotage, attacks on maintenance crews,alleged corruption, theft and mismanagement.

 

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