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Bad weather delays crude loading at Turkish port of Ceyhan; Iraqi pipeline still stopped

Bad weather delays crude loading at Turkish port of Ceyhan; Iraqi pipeline still stopped

Turkey’s port of Ceyhan was set to resume loading on Tuesday. raw Iraqi came from the warehouses, but bad weather was preventing the ships from docking, according to a commercial source with direct knowledge.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi crude oil pipeline to the Turkish port of Ceyhan remained paralyzed, according to the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Energy Ministry.

The KRG expects to resume the flow of the pipeline late on Tuesday, according to another source familiar with oil operations in the area.

The powerful earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on Monday disrupted operations in Ceyhan and halted oil flows from Iraq and Azerbaijan.

The tanker Vallesina was on Tuesday off the coast of Ceyhan waiting to load Iraqi crude, while the tankers Alfa (BMV:ALFAA) Baltica and Nordlotus were waiting in the area for the reopening of the terminal BTC of Azeri crude oil in Ceyhan.

The BTC terminal is not expected to reopen until Feb. 8 or 9, according to shipping and trading sources, as damage to the terminal is being assessed.

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