Middle-east Arab News Opinion | Asharq Al-awsat

Blast Shuts Northern Iraq Oil Pipeline - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
Select Page

TIKRIT, Iraq, AP -An explosion shut down an oil pipeline near the northern city of Beiji on Wednesday, a police official said.

The pipeline transports oil from the northern oil center of Kirkuk to refineries in Beiji, from where it is pumped via the country”s export pipeline to the port of Ceyhan, Turkey.

The blast occurred early Wednesday at Fatiha, 10 miles northeast of the Beiji refinery, said Mattshar Abdullah, who works on a special Iraqi police force set up to guard oil pipelines and refineries.

The Kirkuk-Beiji pipeline is critical to Iraq”s oil export operations. Once Beiji refinery”s crude oil needs are met, excess amounts are pumped through a separate export pipeline to Turkey.

That line is only intermittently open, however, since incessant insurgent sabotage has shuttered it regularly since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

Wednesday”s explosion is the third suspected sabotage attack against a northern pipeline in the past week, Dow Jones Newswires reported. Similar blasts have damaged pipelines in Ishaqi, near Samarra, and Debbs, near Kirkuk.

Asharq Al-Awsat

Asharq Al-Awsat

Asharq Al-Awsat is the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, printed simultaneously each day on four continents in 14 cities. Launched in London in 1978, Asharq Al-Awsat has established itself as the decisive publication on pan-Arab and international affairs, offering its readers in-depth analysis and exclusive editorials, as well as the most comprehensive coverage of the entire Arab world.

More Posts

Follow Me:
FacebookGoogle PlusYouTube