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.
Iraq has invited international companies to build part of a new oil export pipeline linking the country's northern Kirkuk fields to Turkey, an oil ministry spokesman said on Monday.
The stretch of pipeline through Iraqi territ
Crude oil flows through the Iraq-Turkey pipeline, known as Kirkuk-Ceyhan, stopped on July 21 due to a leak, a regional shipping source said.
The pipeline delivers Iraq's medium sour Kirkuk grade to the Turkish port of Ceyhan o
Loading of Iraqi Kirkuk crude onto tankers at the Turkish port of Ceyhan has been halted for more than two weeks due to a leak on the pipeline and a lack of oil in storage, shipping and trading sources said on Monday.
Oil shipments from autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan have fallen to around 5,000 barrels per day from around 30,000 bpd at the start of the week, Iraqi oil officials said on Thursday.
Two officials at the state-run North Oil Company did
Iraqi exports of medium sour Kirkuk crude oil are set to rise to 484,000 barrels per day (bpd) in November, a preliminary loading programme showed on Wednesday, the highest in over a year.
Exports were nearly 550,000 bpd in June 2
Baghdad is seeking to involve BP in a major project to revive Iraq's giant northern Kirkuk oilfield, which is suffering from massive declines in production, according to industry sources.
'We envisage BP doing something similar to