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Iraq Halts Oil Shipments to Turkey After Pipeline Blast

April 5 (Bloomberg) -- Iraqi oil exports to Turkey were halted after an explosion on the Kirkuk-Yumurtalik pipeline that an official said was triggered by sabotage.

The cause of the blast, which occurred 59 kilometers (37 miles) inside Turkey in the southeastern province of Sirnak at 1:16 a.m., is being investigated, said a spokesman at the country’s state-run pipeline company Botas. The pipeline was sabotaged, said a deputy director of Iraq’s North Oil Co.

Turkish authorities extinguished the fire, the Botas spokesman said today by telephone. Iraq and Turkey are discussing using a smaller secondary pipeline to resume the oil flow, according to Botas.

To contact the reporters on this story: Ali Berat Meric in Ankara at americ@bloomberg.net; Emre Peker in Ankara at epeker2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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