Iraq oil seen flowing from Wednesday after blast: Turkey officials

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Posted: Aug 07, 2012 9:13 AM
Iraq oil seen flowing from Wednesday after blast: Turkey officials

ANKARA (Reuters) - Oil flow on the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline from Iraq to Turkey's Mediterranean coast was expected to begin on Wednesday on a second line unaffected by an explosion at the weekend, Turkish energy ministry officials said on Tuesday.

Iraqi oil flows to Turkey remained suspended on Tuesday after a pipeline blast on Sunday and vessels have stopped loading at the Turkish port of Ceyhan after it run out of stockpiles of Iraqi crude in onshore tanks, a Turkish shipping source said.

On Monday, Turkish energy officials said repairs on the pipeline could take up to 10 days. The pipeline ships about a quarter of Iraqi crude exports from oilfields near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk to Ceyhan on the Mediterranean.

(Reporting by Orhan Coskun, Writing by Seda Sezer)