- Title: IRAQ: BOMB ATTACK ON OIL PIPELINE AT KIRKUK
- Date: 30th December 2004
- Summary: (U4) KIRKUK, IRAQ (DECEMBER 30, 2004) (REUTERS) 1. VARIOUS OF CLOUDS OF BLACK SMOKE RISING FROM THE PIPELINE 0.22 2. CLOSE OF CLOUD OF BLACK SMOKE AND FLAMES RISING FROM OIL FIRE 0.37 3. WIDE OF PEOPLE LOOKING AT OIL FIRE 0.45 4. VARIOUS, MORE OF SMOKE AND FLAMES 0.51 5. WIDE OF BLACK SMOKE DRIFTING ACROSS ROAD 0.59 6. WIDE OF HUGE CLOUD OF BLACK SMOKE FROM PIPELINE 1.07 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 14th January 2005 12:00
- Location: KIRKUK, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Reuters ID: LVAS9YQL8PCNK77GGI5JHNNGUGJ
- Story Text: Attack on Iraq's main refinery pipeline in the city
A bomb blew off a section of a northern oil
pipeline feeding Iraq's biggest refinery on Thursday
(December 30, 2004), security officials said.
The overnight explosion southwest of Kirkuk set fire to
the pipeline, which runs from the region's oilfields to the
350,000 barrels per day (bpd) Baiji refinery.
Attacks on Iraq's northern and central oil facilities
have badly disrupted refinery operations, and helped create
a fuel crisis and severe shortages of electricity.
Sabotage has been intense since U.S. forces attacked
the Sunni Muslim city of Falluja, near Baghdad, last month.
Iraq's northern export pipeline has been also targeted
and there has been no flows to Turkey's Ceyhan port on the
Mediterranean for two weeks.
But exports from the mostly Shi'ite Muslim south have
been fairly stable. Although bad weather and power outages
stopped loadings from two offshore terminals in the Gulf
for a few days this month.
Shipping data showed two tankers loading at 1.7 million
bpd on Thursday from the Basra terminal, formerly known as
Mina al-Bakr. The Nippon was loading at 50,000 barrel per
hour and the Iran Susangird was loading at 20,000 barrels
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