Pipeline leak halts Bai Hassan output

Output halt: the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline which flows oil from Iraq to Turkey

A pipeline leak halted oil production from a major oilfield near Iraq’s northern city of Kirkuk on Saturday, but exports to Turkey were not affected, officials said.

According to officials at the state-run North Oil Company (NOC), the leak occurred in an ageing section of a pipeline carrying crude from the Bai Hassan oilfield to the main crude processing facility.

However, the output halt did not affect exports via the Kirkuk-Ceyhan line, which flows crude oil from Iraq to Turkey.

“We are working to replace the damaged section of the pipeline and expect to resume production from Bai Hassan within 48 hours,” Reuters quoted on oil official as saying.

The Bai Hassan oilfield produces about 150,000 barrels of oil per day.

About a quarter of Iraq’s oil exports are pumped through the Kirkuk pipeline to Ceyhan in Turkey.

Crude oil flows on the pipeline have been repeatedly disrupted this year due to militant attacks.

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