- Title: IRAQ: FIRE FIGHTERS BATTLE TO PUT OUT FIRES AT OIL PIPELINES
- Date: 26th August 2004
- Summary: (W4)BASRA, IRAQ (AUGUST 26, 2004)(REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 1. WIDE OF SMOKE BILLOWING FROM BURNING PIPELINES 0.07 2. WIDE OF FIRE FIGHTERS DOUSING FIRE AND SMOKE BILLOWING FROM PIPELINES 0.15 3. SLV FIRE FIGHTERS BATTLING FLAMES 0.20 4. WIDE OF FIRE RAGING/ SMOKE BILLOWING 0.27 5. SLV WORKERS OF SOUTH OIL COMPANY (SOC) CARRYING HOSE TO DOUSE FIRE 0.32 6. WIDE OF SOC WORKERS AND FIRE FIGHTERS BATTLING FIRE 0.41 7. SLV SOC WORKER DOUSING FIRE/ FIRE AND SMOKE COMING FROM PIPELINES 0.51 8. WIDE OF PIPELINES ON FIRE WITH SMOKING COMING UP TO SKY AND LORRIES, AND SHOVELS NEARBY 0.57 9. WIDE OF FIRE AND SMOKE BLOWING FROM PIPELINES 1.03 10. SLV RUCK CARRYING SAND DRIVING TO DUMP IT ON BURNING OIL PIPELINE 1.11 11. VARIOUS OF FIRE ENGINE DOUSING FIRE ON PIPELINES 1.21 12. CLOSE-UP OF FIRE FIGHTERS ON TOP OF ENGINE DOUSING FIRE 1.26 13. WIDE OF OIL WORKERS NEAR COLLAPSED AND BLACKENED BRIDGE OVER PIPELINES 1.30 14. SLV FLLATTENED BRIDGE/ ROAD SMOULDERING 1.36 15. SLV SMOULDERING AND BLACKENED PIPELINES 1.42 16. WIDE OF FIRE FIGHTING ENGINE/ OIL PIPELINE ON FIRE / BLACKENED GROUND 1.48 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 10th September 2004 13:00
- Location: BASRA,IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Reuters ID: LVA4A15OBZK59KDLFXTN428RHLJ8
- Story Text: Fire fighters continue to battle the raging fire
from attacked pipelines south of Baghdad.
Fire fighters continued to combat fires that raged
on a complex of eight oil pipelines, on Friday (August 27),
the day after it was set on fire after a sabotage attack.
Fire fighters and workers of the South Oil Company
(SOC) tried to douse the raging fire, which has sent a huge
cloud of smoke billowing over the area. Shovels and trucks
were also used to move sand to dump on the burning oil
A bridge over the pipelines complex collapsed and
blackened as parts of the pipelines were smouldering after
the firefighters efforts.
On Thursday (August 26) saboteurs had attacked the
eight pipelines which linked the main southern oilfield in
Iraq to a pumping station near the city of Basra, an oil
official said. The official, who declined to be named said
that he had no data on whether the export flow of oil had
A shipping agent said Iraq's south oil exports fell by
almost half after the attack but added that the drop could
also be related to tanker movement.
The parallel pipelines, which range between 12-20
inches, carry crude oil from the South Rumaila oilfield to
the Zubeir One station, which pumps the crude to two Gulf
Southern Iraq has been the focus of a U.S.-led
offensive aimed at crushing a Shi'ite uprising led by
anti-U.S. cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
Iraq's interior minister has said that the government
has taken "extreme measures" to protect the infrastructure.
However, attacks on oil fields have continued unabated
in the south of the country, which accounts for virtually
all of the country's oil exports.
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