- Title: IRAQ: OIL REFINERY FIRE NORTH OF BAGHDAD
- Date: 3rd August 2004
- Summary: (U4) AL-FATHA AREA, BEIJI, IRAQ (AUGUST 3, 2004) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. VARIOUS WIDESHOTS OF PIPELINE ON FIRE AND SMOKE RISING FROM IT 0.07 2. CLOSE-UP SHOTS OF SMOKE RISING FROM PIPELINE 0.14 3. WIDE OF CLOUD OF BLACK SMOKE DRIFTING OVER REFINERY/ PEOPLE WATCHING 0.33 4. VARIOUS OF BEIJI REFINERY 0.52 5. WIDE OF HUGE BLACK CLOUD 0.59 7. LV OF REFINERY FIRE / PAN OF CLOUD 1.17 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 18th August 2004 13:00
- Location: AL-FATHA AREA, BEIJI, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Reuters ID: LVAEOM1Z1WIT544RJM0SXSARS0SK
- Story Text: Oil pipeline was set on fire north of Baghdad.
An oil pipeline that supplies Iraq's main refinery
in the country's north was blown up by saboteurs on Tuesday
(August 3), sending plumes of black smoke into the air, a
refinery source and witnesses said.
The refinery source said the attack, that happened
early on Tuesday morning, struck valves on the pipeline,
which also supplied an out of service export pipeline
An Oil Ministry official said the northern export route
had already been out of service for about two months before
the blast happened.
The pipeline is near the refinery at Beiji, 180 km (110
miles) north of Baghdad.
Officials said several pipelines exist in the region,
carrying crude oil, oil derivatives and gas.
In July, saboteurs blew up an oil pipeline in the
northern domestic network.
Iraq has depended on exports through southern
terminals, because the northern route has been beset by
sabotage in the past, only managing sporadic exports.
Guerrillas frequently attack Iraq's oil infrastructure,
setting explosives under pipelines in an effort to disrupt
the country's reconstruction.
The ministry spokesman repeated a statement made in
July by Iraqi Oil Minister Thamir Ghadhban who had said he
hoped exports via Ceyhan in Turkey would resume soon.
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