Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Bombs hit oil pipelines in Iraq

Oil production has been cut after bomb blasts hit Iraq's largest oil field

Two bombs have struck separate oil pipelines in southern Iraq at the country's largest oil field, causing a temporary cut in production.

The deputy head of the Basra provincial council, Ahmed al-Sulaiti, said the blasts hit the pipelines in the Rumaila field late on Friday, sparking a fire that was put out by firefighters a few hours later.

The director-general of the state-run South Oil, Dhia Jaafar, said the blasts forced officials to cut production in half - though it should be restored to normal levels in two days.

Rumaila is being developed by BP and China's CNPC.

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