Basra water, exports recover after pipeline spill

Lax maintenance is responsible for the pipeline leak that threatened Basra's water supply and contributed to a temporary drop in oil exports.
Oil from West Qurna 1 leaked into the Bada'a channel in October, one of two main sources of water for Basra. (STAFF/Iraq Ol Report)

BAGHDAD - Neglect of basic maintenance was to blame for a pipeline spill that threatened Basra's water supply and last week contributed to a brief reduction in Iraq's southern oil exports.

"This problem happened because there was no periodic maintenance," said a senior Oil Ministry official. "Unfortunately, for no apparent reason, these processes have not been done recently."

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