Northern exports resume after Turkey pipeline explosion

The temporary outage had no apparent impact on oil field operations or export volumes, but the cause of the incident is a matter of uncertainty and potential concern.
Turkish gendarme forces patrol the road leading to the jetty at the Ceyhan crude oil terminal on July 13, 2006. (FATIH SARIBAS/Reuters)

SULAIMANIYA - An explosion Tuesday evening on the Turkish side of the Iraq-Turkey Pipeline (ITP) temporarily stopped Iraq's northern oil export flows.

Turkish authorities were able to resume pipeline operations by midday Wednesday, making for a short outage that had no apparent effect on export loadings or oil field production because of the flexibility provided by storage.

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