Iraq halts pumping oil from Kirkuk into Turkey pipeline

The order to halt pumping through the pipeline came from the oil ministry in Baghdad

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Iraq’s state-run North Oil Company stopped feeding a pipeline to Turkey with crude produced at fields it operates in the Kirkuk region three days ago, two sources said on Monday.

The order to halt pumping through the pipeline came from the oil ministry in Baghdad, a company official, who asked not be identified, said. “There is no technical failure, it’s a decision from Baghdad,” he said.

North Oil is continuing to produce the crude, but storing it in Kirkuk instead of exporting it through the pipeline, he said.

The company normally exports 150,000 barrels a day through the pipeline that carries the crude to the Turkish terminal of Ceyhan, passing through territory of the Kurdish regional government.

A Kurdish government official confirmed the pipeline is not receiving crude from North Oil.

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