Rumaila production recovering after bombings

The country's largest oil field is up to nearly 1 million bpd and officials are plotting security fixes after pipeline bombings drastically cut output.
Workers clean up the aftermath of an Oct. 7 bombing that destroyed pipelines near the Rumaila oil field. (ALI ABU IRAQ/Iraq Oil Report)

The country's largest producing oil field, Rumaila, in Basra province, is rebounding from a forced shut-in Friday when pipelines carrying crude to export terminals were bombed. Iraq's oil and security ministries are trying to fix the damage and prevent further attacks.

While the oil field wasn't directly attacked, the ministry told operators to draw down its South Rumaila output in response to the bombings. Rumaila accounts for nearly 45 percent of the country's total production and hit a high of 1.3 million barrels per day (bpd) last week.

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