Iraq-Ceyhan pipeline could reopen soon

Hope rises for resumption of Kurdish crude exports from Turkish port as army completes military operation.

Kurdish crude could again soon be flowing from Iraq to the Turkish port of Ceyhan after a three-week outage.

Turkey has nearly completed a military campaign in the area around the Mediterranean export terminal, Gulf In The Media reported.

But it may still be a week before shipments start again.

The pipe normally carries 600,000 barrels per day (bpd) to Ceyhan, the equivalent of more than an aframax cargo every day.

The outage was caused by a deteriorating security situation in Turkey’s southeast where violence has surged after a two-year ceasefire between the state and Kurdish militants broke down last July.

The army has been sweeping for mines.