U.S. resumes oil production from Kirkuk

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

The United States has resumed operations at the northern Iraqi oil field at Kirkuk.

The operations were halted by U.S. forces on April 13 when the Iraqi-Syrian oil pipeline was shut down. U.S. officials said oil production was resumed at the Kirkuk field on Sunday.

Officials said oil output began at 25,000 barrels per day. They said production is expected to rise to 50,000 barrels per day as soon as possible.

The Kirkuk oil fields are being operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its contractor, Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root.

Officials said the Bayji refinery near Kirkuk remains out of commission because of a shortage of power.

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