Iraq Halts Oil Shipments to Turkey After Pipeline Blast
By Ali Berat Meric and Emre Peker - Apr 5, 2012
Iraqi oil exports to Turkey were halted after an explosion on the Kirkuk-Yumurtalik pipeline that an official said was triggered by sabotage.
The cause of the blast, which occurred 59 kilometers (37 miles) inside Turkey in the southeastern province of Sirnak at 1:16 a.m., is being investigated, said a spokesman at the country’s state-run pipeline company Botas. The pipeline was sabotaged, said a deputy director of Iraq’s North Oil Co.
Turkish authorities extinguished the fire, the Botas spokesman said today by telephone. Iraq and Turkey are discussing using a smaller secondary pipeline to resume the oil flow, according to Botas.