This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

Baseefa Ltd

Blast stops oil flow in Turkey-Iraq pipeline

28 August 2012

Another explosion and fire halted oil deliveries along the Kirkuk to Ceyhan pipeline from Iraqi Kurdistan to Turkey on August 27, according to Turkish security sources. The fire started in the Silopi and Cizre districts of Sirnak province near the Iraqi border following the blast.

No-one initially claimed responsibility, but the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), listed as a terrorist group by Turkey and much of the international community, has sabotaged the pipeline several times in the past as part of an armed campaign against the Ankara government.

The 970-kilometre (600-mile) pipeline runs from Iraq's northern oil hub of Kirkuk to the port of Ceyhan on Turkey's Mediterranean coast pumping up to 500,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

Iraq depends on oil sales for the vast majority of government income. The oil-rich nation exported some 2.515 million barrels per day in July, earning about $7.535 billion in revenues.




Print this page | E-mail this page

CSA Sira Test