- Title: IRAQ: FIREFIGHTERS WORK TO PUT OUT PIPELINE FIRE
- Date: 25th March 2004
- Summary: (W5) FAW, 620 KM SOUTH OF BAGHDAD, IRAQ (MARCH 24, 2004) (REUTERS) 1. FIRE ENGINES AT SITE OF PIPELINE FIRE; HEAVY SMOKE RISING 2. SLV FIREFIGHTERS COMBATING FIRE/ DIGGER MOVING DIRT 0.34 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGINEER FROM SOUTH OIL COMPANY'S FIRE DEPARTMENT, SAYING "The cause of this fire is unknown until now. You can see we try to shut out the fire by water and foam and this equipment." 0.53 4. SLV FLAMES AND HEAVY BLACK SMOKE; SLV FIRE ENGINES AT SCENE; SLV PAN OF AREA 1.50 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: FAW, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
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- Story Text: Firefighters are working to put out a pipeline fire
in southern Iraq. The cause of the fire is not yet known.
An oil pipeline in southern Iraq was on fire on
Wednesday (March 24, 2004) but the main crude export link
to the Basra oil terminal was not affected, officials said.
A huge pool of oil was on fire in the strategic Faw
Peninsula bordering Iran and Iraqi fire fighters were at
An engineer who led an Iraqi crew to inspect the damage
in the Faw Peninsula bordering Iran said it could not be
determined whether sabotage or corrosion caused the fire.
"The cause of this fire is unknown until now. You can
see we try to shut out the fire by water and foam and this
equipment," the engineer said.
A Coalition Provisional Authority official said that
the crude oil pipeline ran from southern oilfields to the
Khor al-Amaya terminal, around 50 kilometres offshore in
A senior oil official said the pipeline was not the
main pipeline feeding Khor al-Amaya terminal, which has
been shipping about 100,000 barrels per day since opening a
A State Oil Marketing Organisation official said
exports from the south were running normally at 1.6 million
The Basra and Khor al-Amaya terminals account for the
bulk of Iraq's exports. Routes out of the north have been
hampered by sabotage and damage to the Kirkuk-Ceyhan
pipeline from bombing during the U.S.-led invasion.
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