Oil flows through Turkey’s 600 mile Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline were halted on 28 August after a fire – thought to be an arson attack – was reported at 12.35am, according to Reuters.
Flows remain suspended and will do so until the pipeline is repaired. It is not yet known how long this will take.
The pipeline passes through the nation’s Sirnak province, which is close to the border of Iraq. A spokesperson for Iraq’s Oil Ministry says Turkey is expected to open a secondary pipeline in order for oil exports to resume.
Asim Jihad of the ministry was reported to have said: ‘We were informed by the Turkish authorities that a blast and then a fire ignited on the 40″ export pipeline on the Turkish side and we had to halt crude flow.
‘We demand that the Turkish authorities work without any delay to repair the damage quickly and to help switch the flow to the second 46″ alternate line to ensure no more disruption to Iraq’s exports to Ceyhan port.’
Attacks on the pipeline, which last month handled 300,000 barrels a day of oil, are common – the most recent attack was on 6 August when the pipeline had to be closed once again.