INTRODUCTION: Iraq has resumed piping crude oil direct to Lebanon after an interruption of six years.
1. LV Iraqi tanker off shore PULL BACK TO GV pumping station. 0.10
2. SV Workers turning valve and worker at pipeline. (2 SHOTS) 0.22
3. SV INTERIOR Control room: man on telephone 0.29
4. SV Man speaking on intercom. 0.32
5. CU Hand pressing button PULL BACK TO GV dial on console. 0.48
6. GV EXTENSION Tanker offshore. 0.51
7. SV PAN ALONG Pipeline with storage tanks in background. 1.02
8. GV Gas burn-off at refinery PULL BACK TO LV storage tanks PAN ACROSS refinery ZOOM IN TO GV tanker. 1.28
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Background: TRIPOLI, LEBANON
INTRODUCTION: Iraq has resumed piping crude oil direct to Lebanon after an interruption of six years. Twenty thousand tens have reached the Tripoli terminal since pumping began shortly after Christmas. This comes at a time when Iraq is planning to expand its oil fields and eventually boost crude oil production by about two million barrels a day.
SYNOPSIS: This Iraqi tanker is making its first visit to the Tripoli pumping station since 1976.
The crude oil is carried to Tripoli from the northern oil fields in Iraq through 1366 kilometres of pipeline which passes across Syria. Only 24 kilometres of the pipeline go through Lebanese territory. It is estimated that 200,000 barrels a day will be pumped to the port of Tripoli.
The potential of Iraq as an oil producer is enormous. Experts agree that if the damage caused during the war with Iran could be repaired, Iraq's existing fields would be able to produce around four million barrels daily. But the government has plans to boost production ever higher.
Their proposals will make Iraq the second biggest oil producer in the world. The flow of Iraqi petroleum was interrupted because of the Lebanese civil was in 1975. The alternative was to pump through Syria but this presented many difficulties. To avoid this problem in future, the Iraqi Deputy Oil Minister, Mr. Abdel Moneim Samirrai, has presented an alternatives. This involves the construction of a new pipeline to move the oil across neighbouring Saudi Arabia to an oil shipping terminal on the Red Sea. The pipeline will be 1,180 kilometres long.
Source: REUTERS - TEWFIC GHAZZAWI