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Iraq Kirkuk Export Pipeline Open in 1 – 2 Wks – US Army

Iraq’s oil export pipeline to Turkey is set to reopen in one week or two weeks after damage from a sabotage attack has been repaired, the U.S. army said on Friday. “It will take a week to two weeks, “ Colonel Robert Nicholson, in charge of the engineers unit of 4th Infantry Division controlling the region told reporters. Fires closed the pipeline — which carries crude from Iraq’s northern Kirkuk fields to Turkey’s Mediterranean coast — just as the link was set to ship large volumes to world markets after a five-month closure. The fires on the pipeline are now out and two options are under consideration for restarting oil flows, Nicholson said. Either oil will be drained from the main pipeline to allow repairs to start, or a section of a disused parallel pipeline will be used, he said. “Whichever solution comes up faster is the one that will be used,” Nicholson said. Full Story

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