Iraq-Turkey oil line is back in business

Monday, March 8, 2004

ANKARA The long idled oil pipeline that connects Iraq to Turkey has resumed operations.

Industry sources said the oil pipeline from the Iraqi northern city of Kirkuk to the southern Turkish port of Ceyhan has renewed operations over the last week. The pipeline was shut down during most of 2003 because of Sunni insurgency attacks.

The pipeline was successfully tested last week and full operations could begin over the next week. The pipeline was said to have operated without mishaps.

The pipeline has been carrying about 250,000 barrels of oil per day. The sources said the operations resumed after the facility was regarded as secure amid a sharp drop in sabotage attacks.

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