Iraq resumes oil production
SPECIAL TO WORLD TRIBUNE.COM
Thursday, April 24, 2003
NICOSIA Ñ 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