Bloomberg News on Tuesday quoted informed sources as saying that Turkey has ordered the resumption of the flow of crude oil to the port of Ceyhan.
The Ministry of Natural Resources in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region said on Monday that the region had temporarily halted the flow of its oil through the Turkish port of Ceyhan after a major earthquake hit Turkey and Syria.
The ministry added in a statement that oil exports will resume after “the completion of a thorough examination of the pipelines,” according to Reuters.
For her part, a BP Azerbaijan spokeswoman said a “small” oil leak was detected in the Turkish port of Ceyhan after the earthquake, and was subsequently shut down.
The discovery of the leak came after a major earthquake hit Turkey and Syria on Monday, halting operations at Ceyhan port and cutting off the flow of oil through the export pipeline from Kirkuk in northern Iraq .
Yesterday, Monday, an earthquake measuring 7.9 struck southern Turkey, and was felt by the inhabitants of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Greece, Cyprus and Armenia, and caused dozens of deaths and injuries in Turkey and Syria, as well as the collapse of a large number of buildings and the siege of dozens under the rubble, and the exit of residents into the snow-covered streets. . The Turkish authorities have declared the fourth level of alert, i.e. a request for international assistance. The Turkish army is helping to relocate medical teams to affected areas.
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