Iraq seeks to reopen an oil pipeline linked to Saudi Arabia

Thursday, 24 December 2015 14:03

Shafaq News / Al-Sabah Iraqi newspaper reported that Baghdad is seeking to re-open a line of exporting crude oil pipelines across the Saudi territory,

which had been closed in 1990, quoting an unnamed Iraqi official.

The daily newspaper published from Baghdad said that, "the oil ministry began moving to revive the Iraqi-Saudi oil export line within the ministry orientations to diversify export outlets."

A spokesman for the Iraqi Oil Ministry declined to comment on the report.

Saudi Arabia had closed the pipeline in 1990, after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. The line conveys Iraqi crude to the Saudi port of Yanbu on the Red Sea.

The pipeline has been extended in the eighties during the Iran-Iraq war to diversify Iraq's export outlets when both countries attacked the tankers of the other country in the Gulf