Protests force first oil field shut-in

The stoppage at small Qayarah field could foreshadow larger impact of anti-government protests on oil sector.
Protesters at the gate of Um Qasr port stand on top of an armored vehicle that was taken from Iraqi security forces during skirmishes on Nov. 5, 2019. (ALI AL-AQILY/Iraq Oil Report)

KIRKUK/BASRA - Iraq's massive protest movement is having its first direct effects on the country's oil output, as production is now curtailed at the Qayarah field. 

Two officials in the state-run North Oil Company (NOC), which oversees Qayarah, said the field's 30,000 barrels per day (bpd) of production have been shut in for several days because road blockades in Basra are preventing tanker trucks from bringing crude to the Khor al-Zubair port. 

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