Thursday, March 04, 2004

Iraq, the world's second-largest holder of oil reserves, is pumping oil to the Turkish port of Ceyhan for the first time in months after completing repairs caused by sabotage, the top U.S. adviser to the Oil Ministry said.

Oil is flowing from northern Iraq to the Mediterranean Sea "as part of a testing process," Mike Stinson said in a telephone interview from Baghdad. The testing began before Stinson took over as adviser to the Oil Ministry on Feb. 24, he said...

The pipeline, which can carry as much as 800,000 barrels a day, opened for a few days last year following the U.S.-led March invasion, then closed after it was attacked again.

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