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Iraq resumes oil production

Thursday, April 24, 2003

NICOSIA Iraq has resumed oil production.

Five weeks after the start of the U.S.-led war to topple President Saddam Hussein, oil from the southern Rumeila fields began to flow. The fields have about 1,000 wellheads.

U.S. officials said the Rumeila fields would be resuming normal production of up to 1.1 million barrels a day as early as June. On Wednesday, coalition forces and Iraqi authorities renewed operations of a gas-oil separation plant that sent oil to a pumping station and storage tank outside the southern city of Basra.

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Saddam was said to have ordered the sabotage of oil wells at Rumeila. But only 10 well were set on fire at the start of the war and they have all been extinguished.

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