Kurdish authorities said their forces, backed by US-led coalition airstrikes, drove Islamic State militants from an 84 sq km area in northern Iraq, widening a buffer around the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.
Crude flow in the Iraqi pipeline carrying Kirkuk and Kurdish oil to Turkey's Mediterranean port of Ceyhan resumed after a technical problem was fixed, an official at Turkish state pipeline operator Botas told Reuters.
Oil flow on the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline between Iraq and Turkey's Mediterranean coast is expected to resume night once a technical problem has been fixed, an official from the Turkish energy company Botas told Reuters.
The flows of oil from Kirkuk in Iraq to the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan in Turkey remain suspended following a leak and a stoppage on Monday and repairs could take 1-2 more days, a shipping source said on Thursday.
Pumping was ha
Oil output in Iraq's Kirkuk has slumped to 30,000 barrels a day since June, 90 per cent down on earlier this year, and a federal pipeline to the Turkish port of Ceyhan may be out of action for over a year due to sabotage, Kirkuk
Oil output in Iraq's Kirkuk has slumped to 30,000 barrels a day since June, 90 per cent down on earlier this year, and a federal pipeline to the Turkish port of Ceyhan may be out of action for over a year due to sabotage, Kirkuk's govern
A spate of deadly bombings that struck Kirkuk in northern Iraq at the weekend has damaged and temporarily shut down telecoms operator Zain Iraq's network in the province, a company source told Reuters on Monday.
Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region has begun to pump oil from Kirkuk fields previously controlled by Iraq's central government into the pipeline system that runs in its own territory, a senior Iraqi oil official said on Thursday.
Baghdad signed a deal in early September for BP to revive Iraq's northern Kirkuk oilfield, Oil Minister Abdul Kareem Luaibi said on Wednesday, confirming a plan that Kurdistan has already rejected as illegal.
The agreement all
Iraq has cut Kirkuk crude oil shipments by more than half in the September programme as loadings run a month behind, due mostly to leaks and attacks on the export pipeline, according to the preliminary programme and trading sources.