Sabotage of pipelines slowing Iraq's recovery

Friday, November 28, 2003

Iraq's energy sector continues to be hurt by sabotage operations from Sunni insurgents.

Sunni insurgents loyal to former President Saddam Hussein have blown up a natural gas pipeline near the northern city of Kirkuk, Middle East Newsline reported. The pipeline transported gas from the Jambur oil field to the refinery in Baiji.

Officials said the attack would hurt the refinery in Baji, which a capacity to process 300,000 barrels of oil per day. The pipeline also transported gas to the electricity power station in that city, 250 kilometers north of Baghdad.

Sunni attacks have delayed Iraqi plans to return to the global oil market. Most of the attacks have taken place around the oil fields of Kirkuk.

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