Iraq buys U.S. drone aircraft to protect the oil fields

Tuesday 22 May 2012

Alsumaria News / Baghdad, said U.S. and Iraqi officials said on Monday that Iraq buys unmanned drones from the United States to protect the oil fields after the increased production after the U.S. withdrawal from the country.An official from the Office of Security Cooperation in Iraq Supplement U.S. embassy said in a statement Monday that the “The Iraqi Navy to buy U.S. aircraft drone to protect oil platforms in the south where they are shipping most of the oil of Iraq.” did not provide the Office of Security Cooperation more details on the number of aircraft or its kind, but Iraqi security officials confirmed plans to use drones to protect the oil infrastructure. The Director General of Police of Iraq’s oil Major General Hamid Ibrahim said in a statement that “based on the plans, energy policy will use Iraq’s drones by the end of the year,” adding that “are trained engineers it.” and took over the Iraqi forces responsible for protecting the oil infrastructure in 2005, but even withdrawal of the last U.S. troops from Iraq in December 2011 was U.S. Army The air traffic control and provides other logistical, and despite the drop in violence in Iraq, which peaked during 2006 and 2007, but armed groups continue to target in many cases, the oil infrastructure. The southern fields around Basra, the main source of Iraqi oil, where are the major international oil companies, and is regarded as a security in southern Iraq better in general than other regions, but the Iraqi oil industry has not spared from attacks by armed militants. A group pipe carrier gas and crude oil from South Rumaila to the warehouse Zubair and one was on 7 October 2011 to two bombings near simultaneous Babutin devices caused Ptdharr pipes and leakage of crude oil from the fire for more than four hours, in addition to the stop stations Rumaila South to work on a temporary basis.  also suffered in the twentieth From September 2011 central station for pressing the gas are also located in South Rumaila to a large fire, destroying the station and wounding 19 of its employees suffocation and minor burns, and in 15 of June 2011 was a warehouse Albrjsuh of petroleum products in the district of Zubair to fire following the explosion of an explosive device from out of four explosive placed inside it, and blast to the burning of a large reservoir contains a large amount of crude oil. There were three explosions in the pipeline in December 2011, which disrupted production in the Rumaila oil, and despite the tightening of police Iraq’s oil and 40-alpha, from escort operations to deter any attacks mounted by armed groups linked to al Qaeda, but officials have repeatedly complained of the lack of force necessary to protect this vital sector. and cares about Iraq, a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to protect the infrastructure on the reserves of oil Tattabrraba largest reserves in the world in re-building industry that damaged by years of war and sanctions, in the era of former president Saddam Hussein. noteworthy that Iraq currently produces at least three million barrels of crude oil per day, of which more than two million barrels extracted from the fields of Basra, and most of the quantities for export issued by carriers freely through the two ports floating the new addition to the ports of al-Amaya and Basra (pristine deep earlier), and pumps oil to the ports of the new and old across the pipeline network extends under the water and related warehouses storing coastal located near the center of Faw, about (100 km south of Basra), while export quantities of northern fields to the port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean Sea through a pipeline carrier, and the remaining quantities are exported to Jordan using the pelvic carriers.

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