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Blast hits Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline, oil flows continue

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 6:25am
Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) - An explosion rocked the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline carrying crude oil from Iraq to Turkey on Saturday night but oil flows were continuing and exports were not affected, Turkish energy officials said on Monday.

The blast occurred in the southeastern Turkish province of Mardin, the officials said. The cause was not immediately clear. The pipeline is hit intermittently by sabotage, for which Kurdish militants have in the past claimed responsibility.

"One of the lines suffered damage but the flow is continuing without problem through the parallel line. Exports have not been affected by the situation," one energy official told Reuters.

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