Iraqi crude oil flow through the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline will resume within two to three days, two sources in the state-run North Oil Company said on Monday.
Oil pumping through the pipeline has been suspended since June 21 due to a leak in the Ain al-Jahsh area, around 290 km northwest of Baghdad.
“Every time we had a bomb attack, a quick fix was required to avoid disruption to exports from Ceyhan, but that’s not working anymore as parts of the pipe have become like a sieve,” said an NOC official on condition of anonymity.
Work on the pipeline was suspended last month after unidentified militants ambushed a repair crew, killing two technicians and two members of the oil police.
Elite security forces have been sent up from Baghdad to provide cover for the repair team and an oil ministry official said security measures along the pipeline would be reviewed.
Flows through the pipeline, which has an official capacity of 1.6 million barrels per day (bpd), are regularly interrupted due to technical problems as well as attacks by insurgent groups.