Iraqis mending own pipelines

02/16/2009
Most of the pipelines damaged during the war in Iraq are domestic crude or domestic product pipelines belonging to and repaired by the Oil Pipeline Co. (OPC) of the Ministry of Oil. OPC repair crews carried out the bulk of the work to keep oil flowing through these pipelines; extinguishing fires, cleaning up the mess, and repairing the pipelines (Fig. 1). Iraqi Oil Pipeline Co. repair crews assess a damaged line. OPC is responsible for the maintenance and operation of Iraq’s domestic pipelines (Fig. 1).Click here to enlarge imageThis article examines OPC’s organization, providing a sense of the work accomplished under extreme hardship and of the sacrifices made by people wor...
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