Iraq gives mixed signals about northern oil exports restart

Iraqi officials are giving mixed signals about the resumption of crude oil exports from the country's northern fields, some saying it could start in days, while others insisting that any start-up will be months away—possibly as late as August.Before the war, Iraq's northern fields were pumping about 800,000 b/d of oil from Kirkuk along the 600 mile dual pipeline to Ceyhan, Turkey's export terminal on the Mediterranean Sea.But all pumping stopped in March 2003 at the start of the US-led war, and it has yet to resume. The delay has been caused partly by war-inflicted damage, such as that sustained at the Al-Fatah Bridge during hostilities, but it is mostly due to continue...

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