UPDATE: Twin attacks rock Kirkuk energy sites

Militants invade a gas compressor station and major oil field in Kirkuk province, killing police and oil workers and blowing up a storage tank.
UPDATE: Twin attacks rock Kirkuk energy sites
Fire burns from an oil storage tank after a militant attack at the Bai Hassan South oil field in Kirkuk's Dibis district, July 31, 2016. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

UPDATES:

  • Local IS sleeper cell blamed for twin attacks on Kirkuk energy plants
  • Further detail of how IS stormed AB2 and Bai Hassan facilities
  • Severe damage to Bai Hassan South complex, repairs to take “a long time”
  • Gas redirected from AB2 gas station to AB3, mitigating impact

KIRKUK - A suspected sleeper cell of militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) stormed a gas plant and a major oil field in Kirkuk province on Sunday morning, killing at least five oil workers and several security guards, and slashing the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) oil exports by more than one-third.

Fires were still raging Sunday night at both the Bai Hassan oil field and the AB2 compressor station. The damage caused will likely disrupt Kirkuk’s energy network for several weeks or months.

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