Crude exports were halted Monday from Iraq’s Kirkuk field to the Turkish port of Ceyhan after a pipeline was damaged during a break in. 

An official with Turkey’s state owned pipeline operator Botas said the line had to be closed for repairs.

“There has been a theft on the pipeline and repairs are required, which will take around one to two days,” Turkey’s state owned pipeline operator Botas said.

Botas said the pipeline could reopen sometime Wednesday.

Flows through the line have slumped in recent months from 500,000 barrels per day to 450,00 bpd partially due to a spike in theft attempts, a source close to the matter told Reuters.

“We have seen an increase in the number of thefts on the Turkish side of the pipeline, around Urfa province. That’s why we have seen pumping halted fairly frequently recently,” the source said.

Last year oil exports from the Kirkuk field to the Ceyhan port were halted for months when the pipeline became a target of multiple Islamic State attacks.



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