Bombs target Iraq oil pipelines, exports unaffected

A security official in Basra, Iraq`s southernmost province, said a total of three blasts targeted the pipelines.

Baghdad: Multiple bomb attacks set oil
pipelines ablaze in southern Iraq but exports were not
affected, oil ministry spokesman Assem Jihad said Wednesday.

"Around 2330 IST yesterday, several bombs damaged
pipelines transporting oil from the Rumaila-south oil field to
the Zubair-1 storage facility," Jihad said, referring to
sites in south Iraq.

"This sabotage sparked a large fire which was brought
under control at 0930 IST today. Exports were not affected by
these attacks. Repairs should take around one week."

A security official in Basra, Iraq`s southernmost
province where the attacks took place, said a total of three
blasts targeted the pipelines.

Iraq is dependent on oil exports for virtually all of
its government income. The country produces around 2.9 million
barrels of oil per day (bpd), of which around 2.1 million bpd
is exported.

It aims to raise the former figure to around 12 million
bpd by 2017.

The attacks come with just weeks to go before the US
military completes a full withdrawal from Iraq, at which point
security will be handled entirely by domestic forces.

PTI

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