Iraq pipeline attack cuts oil production at Baghdad refinery by half, to 70,000 barrels a day

By Sinan Salaheddin, AP
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Oil attack halves production at Baghdad refinery

BAGHDAD — Attackers bombed an oil pipeline north of Baghdad, cutting production in half at a refinery in the capital, the oil ministry said Wednesday.

There were no injuries in Tuesday night’s bombing in Rashidiya, just north of Baghdad.

Production at the Baghdad refinery was cut from 140,000 barrels per day to 70,000 following the attack, said Oil Ministry spokesman Assem Jihad. The pipeline runs from oil fields in northern Kirkuk province to Baghdad.

Jihad said technical crews were repairing the pipeline on Wednesday but it was unclear when it could be fixed.

Iraq produces about 2.48 million barrels of oil per day.

Also Wednesday, a roadside bomb killed two policemen and wounded four west of Baghdad, police said.

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