Iraqi Oil Exports Uninterrupted
Dec. 20, 1998
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) _ Iraq's oil exports under the United Nations' oil-for-food program continued uninterrupted despite the airstrikes by U.S. and British forces, the U.N. said in a report published over the weekend.
``The inspection agents for oil _ Saybolt Nederland BV _ remain on duty at Mina al-Bakr, Zakho and Ceyhan and report no interruption in the export of oil from Iraq,'' the U.N. Office of the Iraq Food for Oil Program said in its situation report for Saturday.
Meantime, shipping agents confirmed Sunday that about 1 million barrels a day of Iraqi crude oil continue to flow through the Turkish Mediterranean port at Ceyhan via the pipeline from the large Kirkuk oil field in Iraq.
During the past four days of air attacks against Iraq by U.S. and British forces, oil flowed unhindered through the pipeline, shipping agents said.
On Saturday, Iraqi officials said their country is exporting about 1.8 million barrels a day of crude oil under the U.N.-authorized program.
The U.N.'s assessment of oil flows at Iraq's other main export outlet, the Gulf port at Mina al-Bakr, couldn't be immediately verified. But the Iraqi oil officials a day ago also said tanker loadings at Mina al-Bakr were normal.
The third export point mentioned by the U.N., Zakho, is on the Turkish border.