North oil exports resume amid uncertainty

It took only four days for the oil ministry to repair the bombed pipeline near Mosul. While the number of energy-sector attacks has dropped in recent months, technicians could be busy if violence escalates as it threatens to.
Men watch a giant fire early 14 February 2005 after insurgent attacks on oil and gas infrastructure near the northern Iraqi town of Kirkuk. (MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images)

MOSUL - Iraq's northern export oil pipeline began pumping Monday morning, four days after an explosive device detonated underneath it south of Mosul, spilling oil and taking it offline.

Oil Ministry spokesman Assem Jihad said crude began flowing again at 5 a.m. Monday. A source at the North Oil Company said pumping had already ramped up to 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) by midday.

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