Printer Friendly

IRAQ - June 15 - Saboteurs Hit Oil Lifeline.

Oil Minister Thamir Ghadhban says saboteurs have blown up a pipeline feeding storage tanks at the southern port of Basra, cutting oil exports by over two-thirds. Shipping agents told news agencies that exports, estimated at 1.6m to 1.7m b/d, were down to about 500,000 b/d. The long pipeline from the northern Kirkuk field to Turkey, which has a capacity of 800,000 b/d, has proved vulnerable to sabotage and has not been pumping in recent weeks. Hence the southern fields have provided the bulk of Iraq's exports. Kifah Numan, the engineering manager of the South Oil Company, recently told the Financial Times that the southern fields, which export crude oil through Basra and the smaller terminal at Khor Al Amaya, were producing more than before the war. But he acknowledged that sabotage remained a threat from "people who don't distinguish between military targets and civilian facilities working for the benefit of the Iraqi people". He said coalition forces were "not involved directly" in security unless their presence was "required". Iraq's political leaders have recently stressed the importance of gaining control of the oil industry as part of the transfer of sovereignty from the US occupation on June 30. A recent internal oil ministry report leaked to Reuters criticised the repairs carried out to oil installations under contracts mostly awarded to Halliburton, the US oil services company, and its subsidiaries. Work had begun, the report said, on only 119 out of 226 projects due to have been completed by April and none had been finished.
COPYRIGHT 2004 Input Solutions
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2004, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:APS Diplomat Recorder
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:7IRAQ
Date:Jun 19, 2004
Previous Article:IRAQ - June 14 - Car Bomb Kills 5 GE Contractors.
Next Article:IRAQ - June 16 - Sadr Signals End To Shiite Revolt.

Related Articles
TURKEY - Part 3 - Oil Imports Keep Rising Despite Price Deregulation.
IRAQ - The US Is Yet To Show How The People Will Benefit From Their Oil.
YEMEN - The Oil Market Perspective.
IRAQ - June 21 - Oil Flows Back.
IRAQ - Oil Ministry To Protect Pipelines.
IRAQ - Kirkuk Oil Export Route Under Constant Threat.
The Energy Sector.
ARAB AFAIRS - May 27 - Iran And Iraq Agree To Close Off Border To 'Saboteurs'.
IRAQ - Focusing On The Non-Oil Sector - Part 7 - Iraqi Petroleum Legislation.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2021 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters