- Title: IRAQ: OIL PIPELINE CONTINUES TO BURN FOLLOWING SUSPECTED SABOTAGE.
- Date: 23rd June 2003
- Summary: (W4) HIT, 140 KM NORTHWEST OF BAGHDAD, IRAQ (JUNE 23, 2003) (REUTERS) 1. VARIOUS: FIRE RAGING DUE TO THE EXPLOSION IN THE PIPELINE, PIPES NEARBY; VARIOUS VIEWS OF FIRE AND SMOKE (7 SHOTS) 0.46 2. GV: U.S HUMVEES NEAR THE FIRE (2 SHOTS) 0.59 3. MCU: SOUNDBITE (English) MAJOR SALONA SAYING: "We have no idea what caused it specifically. We want an investigator to make sure it was the pipeline because all we saw was a big ball of flame. But up until now we have no idea about cause ..... (indistinct)." 1.15 4. GV/MV: U.S SOLDIERS GUARDING THE SITE (2 SHOTS) 1.24 (W4) DURA NEAR BAGHDAD, IRAQ (JUNE 23, 2003) (REUTERS) 5. VARIOUS: VIEWS OF AL-DURA OIL REFINERY (9 SHOTS) 2.14 BAGHDAD, IRAQ (JUNE 23, 2003) (REUTERS) 6. MV/GV: MOTORISTS FILLING THEIR CARS' TANKS WITH FUEL; VIEWS OF PETROL STATION (5 SHOTS) 2.39 7. GV: VARIOUS OF WORKERS USING FORKLIFTS TO MOVE GAS CYLINDERS (4 SHOTS) 3.21 8. GV: VARIOUS OF RESIDENTS CARRYING GAS CYLINDERS AWAY 3.36 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 8th July 2003 13:00
- Location: HIT, BAGHDAD AND DURA, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Reuters ID: LVA6UWC08B9IBTK1846WST7U0WGT
- Story Text: Fire has continued to rage for the second consecutive
day after an explosion set fire to a vital pipeline in Hit,
northwest of Baghdad.
Meanwhile, people in Baghdad have been filling up their
cars with petrol and stocking up on gas cylinders for
household use after hearing that the pipeline explosion would
threaten oil supplies to Baghdad's al-Dura main oil refinery.
Fire caused by an explosion which damaged a vital
pipeline linking Iraq's northern and southern oilfields was
still raging for the second consecutive day on Monday
The explosion is threatening supplies to Baghdad's main
refinery and causing fresh torment for drivers in the capital.
"We have no idea what caused it specifically. We want an
investigator to make sure it was the pipeline because all we
saw was a big ball of flame. But up until now we have no idea
about the cause", a U.S soldier said.
In Baghdad, Iraqis rushed to petrol stations to fill
their car tanks with fuel and to stock up on gas cylinders for
An Iraqi oil ministry official said output at Baghdad's
al-Dura refinery could be affected by the explosion which
damaged the pipeline near Hit.
Al-Dura refinery, just south of Baghdad, has a current
capacity of 80,000 barrels (bpd).
Another explosion hit an Iraqi oil pipeline near the
Syrian border on Monday, posing yet another challenge to U.S.
forces trying to bring order to Iraq.
Iraq's main northern export pipeline which runs from the
Kirkuk oil fields to Turkey was reported back in working order
last week after an explosion earlier this month that U.S.
officials blamed on a gas leak.
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