BAGHDAD - "Until now, it is not operating. There is maintenance," said a top Oil Ministry official. "They only filled one tanker."
The official stressed the latest delay wasn't a major concern, but rather the result of normal adjustments that must be made to a massive and vital new system. Similar maintenance was necessary after a Feb. 12 inauguration ceremony at the Fao Peninsula storage depot in southernmost Iraq, when tests revealed leaks in the new pipeline feeding the SPM, along the seabed portion.