Bomb attack hits Bai Hassan oil field

Far behind Kurdistan's front lines, a suspected IS sleeper cell bombed a wellhead and set IEDs along a pipeline, exploiting security gaps around Kirkuk energy infrastructure.
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)

KIRKUK - Unidentified militants blew up an oil well at the Bai Hassan field northwest of Kirkuk city early Wednesday morning, the latest in a string of attacks against oil infrastructure that is vital to the economic health of Kurdistan.

The bombing follows a series of attacks that targeted Bai Hassan and the nearby AB2 gas plant on July 31. Five engineers were killed in those attacks, which also took about 70,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil production offline and deprived the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of about $2 million per day in badly needed revenue.

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