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Flow to resume for Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline

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The flow of Kurdish crude oil has been halted as the Kirkuk-Ceyhanpipeline was sabotaged in Turkey.

The pipeline transports 600 000 bpd of crude oil to Turkey’s Ceyhan port from Iraq’s Kurdish north fields and Kirkus. The line has been halted since its alleged sabotage on 17 February, and is not expected to go back online until at least 29 February due to security concerns.

Darbaz Kosrat Rasul , the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Minister of Housing and Reconstruction stated: "Until now, the sabotaged pipeline has not been mended, which has been damaging the region’s economy by US$14 million a day."

After a cessation of hostilities last summer between Turkey and the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), it seems there are now renewed conflicts.

Numerous attacks have been made on the pipeline, where the KRG have accused the PKK. The opposition between the two derives from PKK’s detestation of the KRG’s economic relationship with Turkey.

Edited from various sources by Stephanie Roker

Sources: Reuters, Yahoo, Todays Zaman, Rudaw

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