Energy Security Current Issue
Iraq's Oil Sector One Year After Liberation
Terror's Big Prize
The coordinated suicide attack on oil terminals off the coast of the southern Iraqi city of Basra is another sign that terrorists have singled out oil as their biggest prize.
A crude threat
An average of one to two sabotage attacks a week against Iraq's oil pipelines has crippled the country's oil industry, hindering its ability to export crude.
Minding Its Business
Saudi Arabia, which has demonstrated its willingness to use its vast oil reserves as a foreign policy tool, has not acted to aid U.S. efforts to rebuild Iraq.
Fencing in looters and saboteurs in Iraq
Too many people in and outside of Iraq are hoping to deny Iraq a better future through a campaign of sabotage and plunder of the country's neglected oil facilities. The problem, and possible solutions.
Prospects on Russia’s Stance towards OPEC
In September Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Prince Abdullah made the first visit to Russia by a Saudi head of state in over seven decades. The future of Moscow’s stance towards OPEC is a critical question for the world oil market. Will Russia be willing to cooperate with OPEC and thus further strengthen the power of the cartel to set a price range for oil?
Energy security and liquefied natural gas
Demand for natural gas has increased as have the security vulnerabilities presented by liquefied natural gas terminals and tankers.
Under the Radar
Oil, terrorism and drugs intermingle in Colombia
Seventy U.S. Special Forces soldiers are training Colombians to protect an oil pipeline.
Japan's struggle to secure future oil supply
Energy dependent Japan looks to Iran for oil, causing tension with the U.S.
Chad-Cameroon pipeline project put to test
Will the pipeline, partially financed by the World Bank, improve the lot of Chad and Cameroon
or exacerbate existing corruption and strife?
Natural resource curse hits São Tomé
A tiny West African country illustrates a well known problem.
On the technology front
Fuel Cell Locomotive for Military and Commercial Railways
An international consortium is developing the world’s largest fuel cell vehicle, a 109 metric-ton, 1 MW locomotive.
Fuel cell power plant installed at NJ Sheraton
A stationary fuel cell will supply 250 kilowatts of electric power as well as heat to the Sheraton Edison
Hotel, accounting for about 25 percent of the hotel's electricity and hot water.
Fuel cell scooters for Europe and China
Palcan's fuel cell powered scooter is designed to address the world's need for a low-end mass transport vehicle.
U.S. Air Force
to get fuel cell bus
Fuel cell powered thirty-foot hybrid bus to be stationed at the Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii.
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Iraq Pipeline Watch
Attacks on Iraqi pipelines, oil installations, and oil personnel:
1. June 12 — attack along the 600 mile (960 km) pipeline that carries crude oil from Iraq's northern fields near Kirkuk to Turkey's port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean Sea
2. June 19 — explosion in Bayji refinery complex about 125 miles (200 km) north of Baghdad
3. June 22 — explosion in natural gas line near Hit, a city about 95 miles (152 km) northwest of Baghdad
4. June 23 - gas pipeline explosion outside the town of Abidiyah Gaarbiga, near the Syrian border in western Iraq
5. June 24 — explosion near Barwanah pipeline carries crude to al-Dawrah refinery in Baghdad
6. June 26 — explosion near Al-Fatha near the River Tigris on pipeline carrying oil
to the Bayji refinery
7. July 29 — attack on pipeline near Basra
8. July 31 - saboteurs blew up part of a pipeline near Bayji
9. August 1 - two rocket propelled grenades fired at exposed and leaking valve in an oil
pipeline running west of Karbala sparked a blaze.
10. August 1 - explosion on oil pipeline running from Kirkuk to Bayji.
11. August 12 — attack near al-Taji near Baghdad
12. August 15 - explosion near Bayji
13. August 16 - explosion near Bayji
14. September 8 — attack on pipeline from the Jabour oil field 20 miles (32 km) southeast of Kirkuk to the main pipeline that originates there
15. September 18 - attack on pipeline from Kirkuk to Ceyhan
16. October 11 - attack on pipeline from Zab to Kirkuk
17. October 16 - pipeline explosion near the city of Hadeetha, 125 miles (200 km) northwest of Baghdad
18. October 23 - explosion near natural gas pipeline 30 miles (48 km) south of Mosul
19. October 23 - bombing attack on an oil pipeline 150 miles (240 km) north of Baghdad
20. November 1 - explosion at oil pipeline about 9 miles (15 km) north of Tikrit
21. November 4 - explosion at a pipeline plant in Zumar, 38 miles (60 km) northwest of Mosul
22. November 10 - Mohammed al-Zibari, distribution manager for the
Oil Distribution Company was shot and wounded in the northern city of
Mosul in what seems to be the first assassination attempt on
officials from an Iraqi oil firm. Zibari's son was killed in the attack.
Zibari told Reuters, "Three people opened fire with AK-47s. My driver
saw them and so did my bodyguard," adding "Definitely foreign regime
loyalists are responsible for this. I have no personal enemies, no
tribal or family problems, and I'm not a member of any political
23. November 17 - blast 1.2 miles (2 km) east of the Bayji refinery, at a pipeline taking fuel oil to the Daura refinery, in the southern suburb of Baghdad. Resulting damage on the power supply line to the 300,000 barrels per day Bayji refinery, located 156 miles (250 km) north of Baghdad,
forced a 2 day electricity shutdown.
24. November 18 - explosion on oil pipeline in the region of Mashruh al-Therthar, south-west of the city of Samarra. The feeds the Daura refineries in Baghdad.
25. November 22 - Abdel Salam Qanbar, an Iraqi police colonel in
charge of security for oil installations in the northern city of
Mosul was shot and killed by unknown attackers in a vehicle.
26. November 22 - club inside the Iraqi Northern Oil Company
compound in Kirkuk, 150 miles (240 km) north of Baghdad, was hit
during the night by mortar shells wounding three foreign nationals.
27. November 23 - blast on a pipeline transporting gas from the Jambur oil field to the Bayji refinery caused fire so huge its glow at night is visible from Kirkuk, 19 miles (30 km) north of Jambur.
28. November 26 - oil pipeline linking oilfields in northern Iraq to the Bayji refinery on fire near the village of Sharqat, about 30 miles (48 km) north of Bayji.
29. December 9 - explosion on a gas pipeline that runs from Kirkuk to a bottled gas factory north of Baghdad.
30. December 10 - explosion at point 84 miles (135 km) west of Kirkuk on oil pipeline linking the Bayji and Daura refineries.
31. December 19 - blaze on a pipeline south of Baghdad causing significant leakage.
32. December 20 - rocket-propelled grenades hit storage tanks in southern Baghdad on Saturday; resulting fires burned about 2.6 million gallons of gasoline.
33. December 20 - rocket-propelled grenades cause pipeline explosion in the al-Mashahda area 15 miles (24 km) north of Baghdad.
34. December 21 - explosion on pipeline in the al-Mashahda region, 30 miles (50 km) north Baghdad.
35. December 21 - pumping station near Bayji refinery attacked with mortars.
36. December 22 - explosion at 3:30 pm (1230 GMT) in Riad about 28 miles (45 km) west of Kirkuk,
on fuel pipeline between Kirkuk's oilfields and Iraq's biggest refinery in Bayji, parallel to the crucial pipeline between Kirkuk and the Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan.
37. December 22 - fire on pipeline supplying Bayji refinery with crude from the oil fields of Kirkuk at point about 30 miles (50 km) northeast of refinery.
38. January 7 - explosion holes pipeline connecting oil fields to a pumping station in the area around Hassiba, 85 miles (135 km) west of Kirkuk, Northern Oil Company director general Adel Kazzaz said "The fuel line was used for domestic market needs and filling up tankers that export crude."
39. January 30 - explosion on pipeline carrying crude oil from Kirkuk to Bayji refinery.
40. February 22 - explosion and fire on the Kirkuk-Baghdad-Basra pipeline near Al-Hare, a small town west of Karbala, about 70 miles (110 km) south of Baghdad.
This is reported to be the first attack against a pipeline in southern Iraq since the ousting of Saddam Hussein.
41. February 26 - explosion apparently caused by homemade bomb thrown under
oil and gas pipes damaged part of an oil pipeline about 60 miles (96 km) north of Baghdad.
42. March 2 - large explosion on oil pipeline near the northern city of Kirkuk causing a huge fire but no casualties. The blast hit the main oil line leading to the Bayji refinery 125 miles (200 km) north of Baghdad igniting a huge fire police chief Turhan Yussef said.
"The explosion happened at 11.15am (0615 AEDT). An explosive device was placed under the pipeline at Al-Riad, 21 miles (35 km) west of Kirkuk," he said.
43. March 10 - fire on an oil pipeline south of Baghdad, leading from southern fields to the Daura refinery outside Baghdad. Firefighter Saleh Jabbar said it appeared to be the result of sabotage.
44. March 12 - oil pipeline blown up west of Tikrit on Friday, resulting in a fire on the line. The pipeline links northern oil fields in Kirkuk with the Daura refinery on the edge of Baghdad.
45. March 24 - Northern Oil Company oil well in the Khabaz area, about 55 miles (88 km) west of Kirkuk, was bombed at night. The resulting fire was extinguished late the following day. Gen. Mohammed Amin, the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps chief in Kirkuk said the well was not being tapped at the time of the blast nor was it closely guarded. "This is a terrorist act. This is the first time an oil well has come under attack in Kirkuk." Amin said.
46. March 25 - blast on a main oil well in northern Iraq that feeds exports through Turkey. Adel Qazzaz,
director-general of the Northern Iraqi Company (NOC) said,
"The explosion occurred at 3:30 pm (1230 GMT) because of an explosive charge planted by
unknown individuals inside the well, located 47 miles (75 km) west of Kirkuk." He added, "It inflicted
massive damage in the well,
and firefighters are having a hard time extinguishing it because the explosion occurred inside the well
and not in the pipelines."
Qazzaz said firemen would need two days to put out the fire, and noted "the well is a principal producer
for oil exports through the Iraqi-Turkish pipeline and for covering local market demands."
47. March 26 - pipeline in the southern Basra oil facilities on fire, said an official from Iraq's State Oil Marketing Organization. Iraqi guards on duty at Shuaiba, near the southern city of Basra, said saboteurs ignited crude oil that leaked from the pipeline. A British military spokesman disagreed with the report, saying "It was not the result of an explosion. We understand that a pipeline valve failed and fire broke out from the resultant spillage."
48. April 4 - attack on oil pipeline in southern Iraq which links Basra with Faw port on the Persian Gulf.
ruptured it and set the oil ablaze.
49. April 8 - mortar round hit natural gas tank and another hit a pipeline at a plant north of Kirkuk operated by the
Northern Iraqi Company (NOC) Jumaa Ahmad, head of the fire fighting brigade, said.
50. April 21 - bombing on pipeline north of Baghdad.
51. April 24 - suicide bombers in three boats blew themselves up in and around the Basra terminal zone, one of the most heavily guarded facilities of its kind in the world.
52. May 8 - bomb 35 miles (56 km) south of Basra damaged an 18-foot section of one of two pipelines running from Basra to the Faw peninsula on the Gulf. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Spokesman Steve Wright said oil exports from the Basra and Khor al-Amaya offshore southern terminals, through which about 90% of Iraq's oil exports flow, were stopped as a result: "Pumping has stopped. They attacked in the vicinity where the manifold goes into the sea." According to Iraqi officials exports were still flowing from Basra albeit at a reduced rate of 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) compared with 1.6 million bpd prior to the attack as oil from the damaged pipeline is flowing through the parallel pipeline. Ali Nasr al-Rubaie, director of the main port terminal said exports had been halved following the attack: "We have dropped from an average of 80,000 barrels per hour to 40,000 barrels per hour."
53. May 8 - attack on oil pipeline taking crude northwards from the country’s southern oilfields at point 25 miles (40 km) south of Baghdad, oil ministry spokesman Assem Jihad said on Saturday, noting it would take several days to start pumping oil again.
54. May 9 - blast near a strategic oil pipeline network linking north and south Iraq, by the town of Musayyib, about 56 miles (90 km) south of Baghdad. Unclear what caused the explosion or whether the pipeline itself was damaged.
55. May 13 - rocket landed in a gas plant at the Daura oil refinery in Baghdad, injured a worker and caused a fire.
56. May 24 - explosion badly damaged the Northern pipeline at around 7pm local time on a section between the Kirkuk oilfields and the Dibis pumping installations. A security official of Iraq's Northern Oil Company, Juma Ahmad, said pumping had to be stopped to fight the fire. Another security official for Northern Oil, Issam Muhammad, said while the fire had been put out it would take 12 days to repair the damage.
57. May 26 - explosion on Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline near Kirkuk.
58. May 26 - explosion on southern pipeline through which oil flows to the Persian Gulf.
59. June 6 - attack on Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline. Iraq's Northern Oil Company (NOC) chief Ghazi Talabani said
"Assailants detonated sound grenades on the pipeline Sunday at dawn (local time), 120 km (75 miles) east of Kirkuk, causing damage, and a loss of a huge quantity of oil." He said "The oil loss has been stopped and a group of technical experts are repairing the pipeline and the damage could be repaired by Tuesday night. Restarting production depends on the decision of the coalition and the oil ministry." NOC project manager Abdullah al-Rubai had earlier denied the attack.
60. June 6 - explosion on oil pipeline that feeds the Basra terminal near Basra on the Faw Peninsula's southern end.
The blast slowed oil flow from 80,000 barrels per hour to 40,000.
61. June 9 - blast on oil pipeline near Bayji 155 miles (250 km) north of Baghdad cut supplies to the Bayji electric power station and according to Iraq Oil Ministry spokesman Assem Jihad forced a reduction of 400 megawatts, amounting to a 10% output cut on the national power grid.
62. June 9 - blast on Kirkuk-Ceyhan oil pipeline. Anwar Hamed Amin, chief of Iraqi Civil Defence Corps, said
"A bomb placed 80 km (50 miles) west of Kirkuk exploded at 8:20am [local time] on the main pipeline to the Ceyhan terminal."
63. June 15 - Explosion in the morning on a pipeline through which oil flows from the Zubeir 1 pumping station to a depot in Faw, 40 miles southeast of Basra.
64. June 15 - Another explosion, during the evening, on a southern pipeline. Together with the attack on the pipeline to Basra, the attack on this 48-inch pipeline through which oil flows to Khor al-Amaya port cut oil exports from the south by over half according to the Iraqi Southern Oil Company.
65. June 15 - ``An oil pipeline connecting the fields in Kirkuk and a processing station in Bajwan, 20 km (12 miles) north of the city, was sabotaged and a fire broke out,'' said Adel Kazaz, a North Oil Company director. The pipeline supplied oil to domestic refineries.
66. June 16 - 42-inch Pipeline to Basra terminal, the key terminal from which most of Iraq's 1.6 million bpd of Basra Light were exported, attacked again. Iraqi Southern Oil Company's spokesman said: "Due to the damage inflicted on the two pipelines, the pumping of oil to the Basra oil terminal has completely stopped," adding that southern exports have "come to halt."
A Iraqi oil official reported "There are no exports from Basra oil terminal or Khor al-Amaya and it is unclear when they will restart," adding, "Both pipelines feeding the terminals have been destroyed."
67. June 16 - Chief of security for Iraq's Northern Oil Company, Ghazi Talabani, 70, was shot and killed in Kirkuk as he was being driven to work. His driver was badly wounded. The assassins escaped.
68. June 21 - blast on pipeline transporting crude oil from the northern town of Bayji to Daura refinery at point near al-Mashahidah, 20 miles (32 km) north of Baghdad. The explosion interrupted supplies to the refinery, that provides the domestic Iraqi market with gasoline, kerosene and liquefied petroleum gas.
69. June 26 - explosion near Latifiyah, about 30 miles (48 km) south of Baghdad, on small pipeline that feeds crude oil to storage tanks in Latifiyah.
70. June 29 - another blast on pipeline near Latifiyah.
71. July 3 - Fire in Al-Maqalai, southeast of the Az-Zubayr oil fields, on one of the two pipelines that feed the southern terminals resulted in a drop by half of Iraqi oil exports to 960,000 barrels per day. Exports in the South fell from 84,000 barrels per hour to 40,000. While one Iraqi oil official said, "Fire is raging in the 42-inch pipeline on the Faw Peninsula. It was sabotage," an official from the Southern Iraqi Oil Company said "News that one of the key oil export pipeline in the Faw peninsula was attacked by saboteurs are baseless."
72. July 3 - bomb blast during changing of the guard at an oil storage facility south of Baghdad in Al Latifiyah killed six
Iraqi National Guard soldiers and wounded five more.
73. July 4 - attack on pipeline that carries oil from the northern oil fields to the south at point near Musayyib, about 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Baghdad.
74. July 6 - blast on gas pipeline that feeds multiple power plants in the center and north of Iraq and a gas canister factory in Taji, north of Baghdad, that provides gas for many homes.
Head of the Northern Gas Company, Huner Hassan, said "A device exploded along the pipeline about 90 km (56 miles) south of Kirkuk, sparking a fire." He noted "This is going to affect electricity production for the country and the production of gas for domestic use."
75. July 10 - explosion at approximately 6:30am local time about 55 miles (88 km) west of Kirkuk in the Safra area on a gas pipeline that runs from the gas fields in Kirkuk to a power station in Bayji sparked a fire on,
according to the Northern Gas Co. head of security, Ahmed al-Hassan, less than a meter of the pipeline.
76. July 14 - Northern Oil Company police officer was shot to death while manning a checkpoint
near a pipeline in Riyad, approximately 80 km southwest of Kirkuk.
77. July 15 - explosion on pipeline running from the northern oil fields to the Beiji refinery.
78. July 15 - holes were drilled on a major southern pipeline that runs to offshore export terminals.
The damage occured in the al-Askari district, 20 km
south-west of Basra, according to head of the Iraqi Border Police, Staff Brigadier General Ali al-Mousawi. It
appears this may be the work of looters.
79. July 15 - explosion near Fatha, some 55 miles (90 km) west Kirkuk, at about 8:40 a.m.
(0440 GMT) on oil pipeline that runs from the major oil fields in Kirkuk
and the Turkish port Ceyhan. The resulting fire has been extinguished and repairs on the pipeline
are expected to begin July 17.
80. July 16 - attempted mortar attack on northern oil pipeline that runs from Kirkuk to Ceyhan failed.
According to a security official at the Northern Oil Company, Ahmad Hassan Afif, "A mortar round was thrown at about 8:10 am (0410 GMT) on the pipeline near to Riad, 35 kilometres west of Kirkuk, causing a fire in a pool of oil created by leaks, but failing to cause any other damage."
81. July 17 - attempt to blow up natural gas pipeline failed as saboteur's bomb exploded prematurely, killing him but not damaging the pipeline.
82. July 19 - explosion on oil pipeline that runs through al-Debis region northwest of Kirkuk, supplying oil for domestic use in refineries and power plants.
83-84. July 23 - two blasts on 125 mile (200 km) long oil pipeline that runs from al-Daura refinery in Baghdad to Beiji, at point about 12 miles (20 km) south of Samarra.
85. July 24 - explosion southwest of the town of Samarra, 60 miles (100 km) north of Baghdad, sparked a fire on pipeline that carries oil from Beiji refinery to Baghdad.
86. July 24 - blast in the vicinity of Tharthar Lake, 100 miles (160 km) southeast of Kirkuk, on oil pipeline that runs from the oil fields around Kirkuk to Al-Dura power station, south of Baghdad.
87. July 28 - premature explodulation killed two saboteurs who tried to place a bomb on
an oil pipeline near Kirkuk. The pipeline was not damaged.
88. August 3 - explosion about 75 miles (120 km) west of Kirkuk at Al-Fateha on critical pipeline juncture
caused a huge fire and road closure between the Beiji refineries and Kirkuk and halted exports through the northern pipeline to Ceyhan.
89. August 5 - bomb on oil pipeline in Kirkuk area found by Northern Oil Company security personnel exploded as Task Force Danger troops were investigating it. No injuries.
90. August 5 - blast on the Kirkuk to Ceyhan oil pipeline sparked a fire that was swiftly contained since oil flow was
halted on the pipeline as a result of the Aug. 3 attack.
91. August 5 - attack sparked fire on gas pipeline that feeds both the Bayji power station and
a propane factory in Taji 12 miles (20 km) north of Baghdad.
Northern Oil Company's gas division director, Honer Najib, said "Firefighters are trying to contain the blaze but the sabotage is going to effect the
production of electricity in Iraq."
92. August 9 - attack halted oil flow on the major pipeline that feeds the southern terminals,
reducing exports from 1.9 mbd to the about 1 mbd, fed through the smaller
93. August 14 - attack on domestic oil pipeline near the town of Mussayyib south of
Baghdad sparked fire, and has caused shortages in the domestic supply of gasoline.
94. August 15 - rocket-propelled grenades were fired on an oil well
25 miles (40 km) east of the southern town of Amarah setting it ablaze.
95. August 18 - Northern Iraqi oil company security officer was killed and 2 others wounded
6 miles (10 km) from Kirkuk.
96. August 19 - attackers inflitrated the Basra headquarters of the Iraqi Southern Oil
Company setting a fire that obliterated warehouses containing drilling equipment, among other items,
spread to the firm's offices, and cut electricity.
"They came in droves, surrounded the building and looted it before setting it on fire," said a
company official. Firefighters arriving at the compound were shot at and fled.
97. August 20 - attack apparently perpetuated by al-Sadr loyalists sparked fire on pipeline through which oil flows from the Bezergan oil field
in the south to a refinery in Amarah, 180 miles (290 km) southeast of Baghdad.
98. August 20 - explosion at 8:30am on domestic pipeline through which oil flows from Kirkuk to Baiji
refinery at point 19 miles (30 km) west of Kirkuk.
99. August 21 - blast near pipeline valve at Berjisiya, 20 miles (32 km) southwest of Basra, sparks fire on oil pipeline
connecting the Rumeila
oilfields with export storage tanks in the Faw peninsula. Another bomb was found nearby and defused.
The pipeline was shut for a week due to sabotage threats. Lt. Mohammed al-Mousawi of the Iraqi National Guard explained
"The aim behind attack is to damage the pipeline in case it is turned on again."
100. August 25 - attack on the reversible Strategic Pipeline linking oil fields in the north and south of Iraq sparked fire 19 miles (30 km) west of Babylon.
101. August 25 - explosion at 7:00 am near Al Madhatiya in Aawazel area, about 18 miles (30 km) south of Hilla, on gas pipeline which transports gas from Basra to other southern towns set the pipeline ablaze.
102. August 25 - eight parallel pipelines that link the Rumaila oilfields to the Zubayr 1 pumping station were hit in Berjasiya, 20 miles (32 km) southwest of Basra, when a bomb exploded under a bridge at 9:00pm and caused it to collapse, reducing exports from the south.
103. August 27 - attack on the 36 inch in diameter oil pipeline that connects the South Rumaila
oilfield to storage tanks at the Zubayr 1 station near Basra.
104. August 27 - attack on the 48 inch oil pipeline that connects the North Rumaila field
to storage tanks in the West Qorna oilfield.
105. August 27 - blast on oil pipeline that feeds the Daura refinery; section on fire 19 miles (30 km) north of Baghdad.
106. August 27 - attack on oil pipeline in the West Qurna oilfield, 90 miles (144 km) north of Basra.
107. August 29 - blast on oil pipeline that links the Rumaila oilfields with export storage tanks in the Faw peninsula in al-Radgha, 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Basra.
108. August 30 - blast on internal oil pipeline in the southeast New Baghdad district.
109. September 1 - explosion on Kirkuk-Ceyhan oil pipeline on section between Kirkuk and Bayji
at 6:30 pm near Riyadah 30 miles (50 km) south of Kirkuk sparked a huge fire halting exports
on the line.
110. September 4 - blast on 14-inch line carrying crude from the Al-Khabaz field to the
111-112. September 4 - attack at 8:30am at Hartha, 19 miles (33 km) north of Basra, on southern pipeline that supplies oil to the Hartha electrical plant.
Simultaneous attack on parallel pipeline that
pumps 15,000 barrels of crude oil a day from oil fields near Nahr Omar to the storage tanks at Zubayr 1.
113. September 6 - attack at point 12 miles (20 km) south of Kirkuk on natural gas pipeline connecting the Janbur fields to the Bayji power plant, which produces 400 megawatts a day and provides electricity to northern Iraq, sparked fire.
114. September 6 - at 9:30am, a day after the fire on the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline was extinguished, attackers set fire to the leaking oil and re-ignited it.
115. September 11 - at 3:15pm attackers damaged the 14 inch oil pipeline that links a Kirkuk oilfield to the Havana refinery located 37 miles (60 km) from Kirkuk with fire from automatic weapons.
116. September 11 - gunfire attack at 3:30am near Hatin, 18 miles (30 km) north of Kirkuk, injured three Northern Oil Company security guards, one of them seriously.
117. September 12 - gunfire attack at 1am 25 miles (40 km) northeast of Kirkuk on security forces guarding the Dibis oil fields wounded three of them.
118. September 12 - driveby gunfire injured two security officers on patrol near the Jambouz oilfields 30 miles (42 km) west of Kirkuk.
119. September 13 - attack on oil pipeline in the Rumaila oilfield.
120. September 14 - 2am blast on junction where pipelines cross the Tigris River, at point near the 676-MW Beiji power plant set ablaze three oil pipelines, stopping the flow of oil from the Kirkuk oilfields to Beiji refinery and to Ceyhan. The heat melted a 400-KV transmission line that ran almost 300 ft above the area, causing a power loss of 750 MW within a second, which caused the country's 5,000 MW grid to short circuit stopping electricity supply to all of Iraq. Just two days prior Northern Oil Company engineers finished replacing critical valves destroyed by an earlier attack.
121. September 16 - attack on oil pipeline near Baqouba that runs from the Khanaqin oilfields to the Al Daura refinery.
122. September 18 - attempt to assassinate director of oil products for the Northern Oil Company, Muhammad Zibari, by
attackers with machine guns and grenades who ambushed his convoy in Mosul missed him but resulted in the death of eight people and injury of four.
123. September 23 - assassins shot and killed the deputy director of the Northern Oil Company's oil product department,
Sana Toma Sulaiman, riding in a taxi in Mosul on his way to work.
124. September 23 - explosion on oil pipeline near al-Fahhama village, 15 miles (25 km)
north of Baghdad, causing extensive damage.
125. September 23 - saboteurs blew up part of the East Baghdad oil field. The well,
capacity 5,000 barrels a day, supplies refineries in nearby Taji and Baghdad's Daura refinery.
126. September 23 - blast on oil pipeline at Angour, 50 miles (80 km)
east of Fallujah.
127. September 23 - explosion on oil pipeline in Najaf stopped flow from oil fields
near the city to a refinery in Basra.
128. September 24 - private pipeline security company found explosive device along a
major oil pipeline west of Balad. Oil flow remained uninterrupted.
129. October 3 - saboteurs blew up a section of the pipeline near the city of Karbala in
129. October 5 - rocket fired at the Oil Ministry in Baghdad.
130. October 5 - blast on oil pipeline west of Baghdad.
131. October 18 - blast on oil pipeline 8 miles (12 km) from Bayji.
132. October 19 - blast on oil pipeline 6 miles (10 km) north of the Bayji refinery.
133. October 19 - explosion at 2:10pm on oil pipeline 87 miles (140 km) south of Kirkuk.
134. October 21 - saboteurs hit a section of the northern oil export network.
135. October 22 - blast in the Mashahdeh area, some 30 miles (48 km) north of Baghdad,
on an oil pipeline that feeds the Daura refinery.
136. October 23 - blast on the Khana oil pipeline northeast of
Baghdad sparked fire which damaged 150 meters of the pipeline.
Another bomb was found along the same line and safely defused.
137. October 25 - saboteurs blew up a section of a pipeline about 15 miles
(25 km) southwest of Kirkuk feeding the Bayji refinery.
A fire later broke out in another pipeline and witnesses said it was caused by a blast.
138. October 29 - explosion at about 6:00am on oil pipeline near the Havice district of Kirkuk.
139. November 1 - explosion on Kirkuk-Ceyhan oil pipeline in Riyad, southwest of Kirkuk.
140. November 1 - attack on a oil pipeline that feeds the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline and is connected to the Bai Hassan oilfield in Qoshqaya.
141-142. November 2 - two bombs exploded against oil pipeline connecting oil fields in Kirkuk to the refinery in Bayji, one at 10am, 44 miles (70 km) southwest of Kirkuk.
143. November 2 - blast on refined products pipeline in Hatin north of Kirkuk.
144. November 2 - attack at 7:20pm near Sheikh Mizher al-As on a pipeline network connecting the Khubbaz oil wells, 24 miles (40 km) west of Kirkuk with refineries in Bayji and Baghdad.
145. November 3 - assassins shot to death the director general of the Iraqi oil ministry's oil byproducts distribution company, Hussein Ali al-Fattal, as he left his home
in the Yarmouk area of Baghdad to go to work.
146. November 5 - explosion damaged a gas pipeline which connects the Baba Gurgur fields near Kirkuk with the Northern Gas Company.
147. November 9 - explosion on oil pipeline near the Safa, 44 miles (70 km) southwest of Kirkuk.
148. November 10 - attack on gas pipeline connecting the Khubbaz fields to the Northern Gas Company.
149. November 13 - attack at Taji, 12 miles (19km) north of Baghdad on oil pipeline that runs to the Daura refinery in Baghdad.
150-153. November 14 - four oil wells set afire in the Khubbaz oilfield west of Kirkuk. The wells had been pumping 10-15,000 bpd of oil a piece.
154. November 15 - blast on oil pipeline from Kirkuk to Ceyhan in Safra 37 miles (50 km) west of Kirkuk.
155. November 15 - gunmen set ablaze a storage depot and pumping station along the oil pipeline to Ceyhan near Ain al Jahish, 60 miles (96 km) south of Mosul.
156. November 15 - explosion at 11pm near Sarai, 47 miles (75 km) west of Kirkuk, on oil pipeline that feeds the Bayji refinery.
157. November 15 - explosion at 11pm near Riyadh, 25 miles (40 km) west of Kirkuk, on gas pipeline that feeds the power station in Bayji.
158. November 17 - blast at 1am on oil pipeline from the Bai Hassan field, 30 miles (42 km) west of Kirkuk, to storage facilities in Dibis, 20 miles (32 km) west of Kirkuk.
159. November 17 - bomb on oil well in Barajwan, 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Kirkuk.
160. November 17 - blast at 8am 2.5 miles (4 km) west of Samarrah on pipeline from Bayji to the Daura refinery in Baghdad.
161. November 21 - an oil well was set afire in the Khubbaz oilfield.
162. November 21 - sabotage attempt on a well in the Khubbaz oilfield thwarted by Iraqi security guards. One would-be saboteur was killed and another wounded.
163. November 22 - blast at 9am on the 42 inch pipeline to Basra terminal stopped flow of oil through the pipeline.
164. November 25 - attack on two oil wells near the Himreen Mountains, 75 miles (120 km) south of Kirkuk.
165. November 25 - an early morning explosion in the Fatha area, 9 miles (15 km) north of Bayji,
on the oil pipeline that runs from Kirkuk to Bayji. A 2,000 person Iraqi security force was
assigned to guard oil infrastructure two days prior.
166-167. November 29 - two blasts, one at 8:40 am and the other at 8:50am,
on the oil pipeline that runs from Bayji to Daura refinery.
168. November 30 - blast on the oil pipeline that connects Daura refinery and the Musayyib
power station south of Baghdad, cutting power to the Babil area.
169. December 1 - gunmen opened fire on a pipeline repair team working in the Safrah area, 50 miles (80km) southwest of Kirkuk. One man was injured.
170. December 6 - attack 10 miles (16 km) south of Samarra on oil pipeline that runs from Bayji to Daura refinery.
171. December 6 - attack on a pipeline that runs inside an underground oil storage tank 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Kirkuk.
172. December 7 - attack on pipeline supplying oil from northern Iraq to Baghdad.
173. December 10 - late night attack on the 48 inch oil export pipeline in the Riyad area southwest of Kirkuk.
174. December 11 - ten armed men kidnapped the Northern Oil Company's head of security for the Bayji region while he was in the Samarra area examining damage to a pipeline that
had been attacked.
175. December 13 - arsonists set on fire oil, which had leaked and pooled due to prior pipeline
attacks, 43 miles (27 km) southwest of Kirkuk, raising concern that the blaze could damage
176. December 17 - attack on pipeline supplying oil from Basra to Baghdad's Daura refinery, halted the flow of refined products which, oil ministry spokesman Jihad Assem said, had just resumed following a 17 day stoppage after the previous sabotage.
177. December 17 - attack on pipeline supplying refined products from Bayji refinery to Baghdad. A statement circulated in Bayji said that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had blown up a pipeline, following orders from ''supreme commander Osama bin Laden''.
178. December 17 - attack on the northern pipeline near Fatha, 53 miles (85 km) west of Kirkuk.
179. December 18 - 7:30am attack on pipeline supplying oil from Kirkuk to the IT-1A storage tanks near Bayji.
180. December 18 - 8:30am blast on oil pipeline between Bayji and Daura refinery at Dilja, 12 miles (20 km) north of Samarra.
181. December 21 - 10:25 pm attack on a pipeline hub in Fatha.
182. December 23 - attack on pipeline from Bayji to a storage facility in Baghdad.
183. December 26 - attack on the northern pipeline near Fatha.
184. December 28 - 0:30am attack on a gas pipeline in Barjisiyah, southwest of Basra.
The pipeline, which links Iraq's second largest refinery in Shueiba to the storage units
of South Oil Company, was blown up by a single attacker using a gas cylinder.
185. December 30 - mortar attack set fire in the Daura refinery, which provides fuel for Baghdad's main power plant.
186. January 1 - attack on a pipeline from Kirkuk to Bayji.
187. January 1 - attack on a pipeline linking the southern cities of Karbala and Hillah, 46 miles south of Baghdad near the Musabayb power station.
188. January 7 - attack on gas pipeline 9 miles north of Tikrit.
189. January 8 - attack on an oil pipeline running from northern fields to Bayji in the Safra area, 43 miles southwest of Kirkuk. Two guard posts for an oil protection force were also blown up around the area and one guard was wounded.
190. January 8 - attack on a gas pipeline in the Fatha area near Bayji.
191. January 11 - 2:00am rocket attack on a gas pipeline that runs to Bayji near the Fatha production station.
192. January 11 - 6:30am attack on an oil pipeline that runs to Bayji in the Zegheitoun area, 35 miles southwest of Kirkuk. The pipeline had just been brought online on January 9th.
193. January 13 - 10:30pm attack on oil pipeline near Fatha.
194. January 14 - improvised explosive device detonated after midnight damaging an oil pipeline near Bayji and sparking a large fire.
195. January 14 - attack on a pipeline linking Kirkuk and the Daura refinery, near Samarra.
196. January 14 - rocket attack on pipeline complex near Fatha sparked large blaze.
197. January 17 - a bomb blew off a section of a pipeline in Fatha.
198. January 21 - 07:00am attack on pipeline in the al-Tharthar region 12 miles south of Samarra interrupted the flow of oil to the Bayji refinery.
199. February 2 - attack on oil pipeline connecting Bayji refinery to Daura refinery. The attack took place near Samarra.
200. Fabruary 5 - attack on a cluster of eight pipelines west of Samarra connecting the Bayji and Daura refineries.
201. February 6 - attack on pipeline carrying crude oil from Kirkuk to Bayji.
202. February 9 - attack on a gas pipeline before dawn in Fatha, about 15 miles north of Bayji.
203. February 9 - rocket attack on a pipeline linking Kirkuk to Bayji.
204. February 13 - 10:00pm attack on oil pipeline at the al-Dibbis oil field 31 miles north of Kirkuk.
205. February 14 - another attack on oil pipeline at al-Dibbis.
206. February 16 - attack on pipeline carrying crude from Kirkuk to Bayji near Fatha.
207. February 16 - attack on pipeline carrying crude from Kirkuk to Daura refinery.
208. February 16 - another attack on pipeline near Fatha.
209. February 16 - attack on pipeline in the Bajwan area, northwest of Kirkuk.
210. February 16 - gunmen killed Colonel Ibrahim Ahmed in charge of pipeline security. The killing took place at Ajeel west of Kirkuk.
211. February 25 - late night attack on a pipeline connecting the Dibbis oil fields with Kirkuk.
212. March 2 - 10pm attack on gas pipeline to Bayji near Al-Safra 30 miles west of Kirkuk caused the shutdown of two of the Bayji power station's four turbines.
213. March 3 - attack on a gas pipeline that links Kirkuk to Dibbis.
214. March 7 - attack on pipeline near Samarra, 60 miles northwest of Baghdad.
215. March 8 - 1pm attack on oil pipeline feeding Al-Daura refinery near Jorf al-Sakhr, 35 miles south of Baghdad.
216. March 9 - attack on oil pipeline feeding the Daura refinery in Jorf al-Sakhr, 46 miles south of Baghdad.
217. March 12 - attack on oil pipeline connecting Bayji and Daura in Al-Tharthar, near Samarra.
218. March 12 - Rocket-propelled grenades were launched at a pipeline running from Kirkuk to Daura.
219. March 15 - attack on oil pipeline in Fatha which carries crude from Kirkuk to Bayji.
220. March 25 - attack on oil pipeline which connects Iraq northern oilfields with the Daura refinery.
221. March 27 - 9:00am attack on oil pipeline which carries crude from Kirkuk to Bayji. Repairs on the line had just been completed the day before.
222. April 4 - attack on pipeline running through the Riyad area near Bayji.
223. April 13 - bomb on oil pipeline near Kirkuk killed an Iraqi oil security chief and eight of his men, who were in the process of defusing another explosive device, and sparked a fire on the pipeline.
224. April 17 - attack near Fatha on oil pipeline from Kirkuk to the Bayji refinery.
225. April 18 - twin blasts at an internal oil pipeline near Kirkuk.
226. April 25 - insurgents blew up pumps used for domestic supplies near Bay Hassam, 19 miles west of Kirkuk.
227. May 4 - attack on an oil pipeline that links northern Kirkuk oil fields to Baghdad. The attack took place near Balad.
228. May 10 - attack on an oil pipeline complex near Kirkuk.
229. May 11 - a mortar round struck the Iraqi Oil Ministry complex in Baghdad.
230. May 11 - three bombs were planted on different parts of the oil pipeline in Kirkuk's Dibiz district. Two of the three exploded, heavily damaging the pipeline.
231. May 11 - attack on an oil pipeline near Bayji.
232. May 11 - a bomb exploded at Iraq’s largest fertilizer plant in Basra, killing one person and wounding 23. The blast set fire to a gas pipeline.
233. May 11 - a bomb was planted near the oil ministry in central Baghdad.
234. May 12 - an insurgent blew himself up as he tried to sabotage an oil pipeline near Kirkuk.
235. May 13 - attack on the Athana pumping station that feeds the northern pipeline.
236. May 27 - attack on pipeline in the western outskirts of Baghdad.
237. June 3 - 8 a.m. attack on pipeline between Kirkuk and the Dibis refinery, about 30 miles west.
238. June 8 - saboteurs blew up a main oil pipeline near Kirkuk.
239. June 8 - saboteurs opened connections between two pipelines near the Bayji refinery causing oil spill.
240. June 9 - 8:00 p.m. saboteurs blew up a major oil pipeline five miles east of the Bayji refinery.
241. June 15 - insurgents blew up a pipeline near Baghdad that transports crude oil between Bayji and Daura.
242. June 23 - attack on pipeline carrying crude from Kirkuk to Bayji,
243. June 25 - attack on oil pipleline leading from Kirkuk to Ceyhan.
244. June 24 - pipeline linking the southern fields around Basra to Daura. The attack took place near Yusifiyah.
245. June 28 - attack on pipeline in southwestern Baghdad.
246. June 29 - attack on a natural gas pipeline linking storage facilities in Yousfiyah, south of Baghdad, to a plant in Baghdad.
247. July 3 - attack on a key feeder pipeline that leads to the Daura refinery.
248. July 8 - mortar attack on the Daura oil refinery hit a pipeline attached to one of the reservoirs.
249. July 20 - attack on an oil pipeline that connects Bayji and Baghdad.
250. July 20 - 6:00 a.m. a roadside bomb exploded under the pipeline that goes from Kirkuk to the Daura refinery.
251. July 20 - late night attack on oil pipeline between Mahmoudiyeh and Latifiyehin in southern Iraq.
252. July 21 - insurgents incinerated an oil pipeline west of Samarra.
253. July 26 - two Iraqi security personnel were killed and three wounded by mortar fire near Bayji while guarding an oil pipeline.
254. July 28 - a bomb hit an oil pipeline conecting Bayji and Kirkuk. A gas pipeline that supplies Bayji power station was also damaged during the attack.
255. July 28 - a bomb on a railway line hit a train carrying oil products near Baghdad, causing a huge fire.
256. August 3 - an explosion damaged a pipeline used for shipping fuel to a Baghdad power plant north of the capital.
257. August 4 - 5:00a.m. three explosions set ablaze a pipeline near Kirkuk.
258. August 7 - Gunmen killed two employees of Iraq's Ministry of Oil and wounded two others.
259. August 17 - An engineer and five guards were kidnapped while they were repairing an oil pipeline in Taji, 12 miles north of Baghdad.
260. August 20 - attack on a major line between Bayji and Baghdad stopped electricity supply to the capital.
261. August 26 - Insurgents sabotaged an exporting oil well north of Kirkuk.
262. August 27 - bomb beneath an oil pipeline supplying the Daura oil refinery in Baghdad, causing an hour-long fire.
263. August 29 - Rebels fired a mortar at Iraq's oil ministry building in Baghdad.
264. August 30 - Lt. Colonel Mohammed Rashad, commander of a unit protecting Iraq's oil pipeline network, was assassinated in front of his home in Kirkuk as he was leaving for work.
265. Sept 3 - an explosion on oil pipeline 2.5 miles from Fatha, between Kirkuk and Bayji, stopping oil flow from Kirkuk to Ceyhan after insurgents ignited an oil leak.
266. Sept. 5 - oil pipeline connecting Bayji and Baghdad was set on fine west of Samarra.
267. Sept. 7 - an explosion on the line from Khanaqin to the al-Daura refinery. The attack took place in Thiaa Thiaa village, east of the city Baqouba which is 35 miles north of Baghdad.
268. Sept. 19 - two policemen were killed when a bomb targeted a vehicle for the north oil pipeline protection forces.
269. Sept. 22 - attack on a cluster of pipelines north of Kirkuk near Dibis. The attack was followed by fire in the valves complex.
270. Sept. 23 - attack on an oil tanker carrying fuel to the US Army.
271. Sept. 26 - attack on pipeline from Kirkuk to Ceyhan.
272. Sept. 27 - fire broke out in an oil pipeline that carries oil from Daura refinery to Latifyia.
273. Sept. 28 - attack on an oil pipeline near al-Daura.
274. October 3 - a bomb attack in Baghdad on the motorcade of Iraq's oil minister Ibrahim Bahr al-Uloum, who was heading to Bayji.
275. October 5 - attack on an oil pipeline near the Kirkuk refinery.
276. October 5 - bomb attack wounded six oil ministry guards.
277. October 6 - gunmen shot dead five oil ministry security guards.
278. October 15 - major power cuts have caused intermittent suspension of oil production from oil fields in the
south of the country.
279. October 19 - attack on an oil pipeline at Al-Ishaqi village south of Samarra.
280. October 20 - attack on a major pipeline that links Kirkuk to Bayji. The bombing took place less than 24
hours after th epipeline was reopened.
281. October 24 - 10:00a.m. mortar attack on on a network of oil and gas pipelines 40 miles west of
Kirkuk. 16 pipelines cought fire.
282. October 24 - insurgents blew up a bomb under the oil pipeline at al-Malha village east of Hemrin mountains, near Bayji.
283. December 21 - the Bayji refinery was shut after insurgents threatened truck drivers transporting petrol.
284. December 24 - attack on a pipeline in Jurf Sakher area on the outskirts of Hillah, 60 miles south of Baghdad.
285. December 24 - blast on oil pipeline south of Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad.
286. January 1 - a bomb exploded near a gas station near Daura. Three civilians were injured.
287. January 1 - attack on pipeline supplying petroleum products to a power plant near the Daura refinery cut capacity at the plant to 30%.
288. January 1 - riots broke out in Kirkuk. Hundreds of demonstrators, protesting fuel shortages, set two gas stations and offices belonging to the national oil company on fire.
289. January 4 - a rocket-propelled grenade attack destroyed 20 fuel tankers in a convoy of 60 heading to Baghdad from Bayji. "Islamic Army" claims responsiblity.
290. January 4 - Rahim Ali Sudani, a director-general at the oil ministry, and his son were killed in a drive-by attack on their car.
291. January 4 - nighttime mortar attack on gas pipeline in Bagwan, about 16 miles northwest of Kirkuk.
292. January 5 - a bomb exploded on an oil pipeline in Bagwan, about 16 miles northwest of Kirkuk.
293. January 15 - Insurgents attacked a checkpoint installed to monitor an oil pipeline, killing one guard and injuring three others south of Baghdad.
294. January 25 - a bomb exploded under a pipeline linking an oilfield near Kirkuk with the terminal at Ceyhan, causing a fire and a partial reduction in pumping.
295. January 25 - security forces defused two bombs that had been placed under pipeline in the Dibis area north of Kirkuk.
296. February 1 - attack on an oil pipeline in Muhwailha, 40 miles south of Baghdad.
297. February 2 - attack on oil pumping station feeding one of two export pipelines from Kirkuk to Ceyhan.
299. February 2 - Insurgents mounted an IED attack on oil stabilization plant at Kirkuk.
300. February 3 - mortar shells hit an oil facility near Kirkuk.
301. February 6 - insurgents used an IED to breech the oil pipeline that feeds the al-Daura oil refinery with crude oil.
302. February 17 - insurgents blew up the main pipeline feeding crude oil from Kirkuk to a refinery in Daura.
303. February 24 - An explosion set fire to an oil pipeline south of Samarra.
304. February 25 - attack on a pipeline near Bayji.
305. February 28 - Iraqi Security Forces arrested an unknown number of security guards responsible for providing protection to the oil infrastructure in the Kirkuk area. The guards have been accused of providing help to insurgents who are trying to destroy the Baghdad-Bayji-Kirkuk oil pipelines.
306. March 1 - attack on pipeline near Taji.
307. March 1 - an oil pipeline was burning in Musayyib, following a rocket-propelled grenade attack. Gunmen shot at firefighters as they rushed to the scene, wounding two of them. Arriving a short time later, police engaged the insurgents in an hour-long gunbattle.
308. March 2 - guards with Iraq's oil protection service killed one man and detained three others as they were
trying to plant bombs under a pipeline west of Kerbala, south of Baghdad.
309. March 2 - attack on an oil pipeline connecting the Al-Daura refinery and Al-Musayyib power plant, in southern Baghdad, causing a fire.
310. March 8 - 9:00am explosion at the Basra headquarters of the Southern Oil Company damaged the fuel section's building; unclear if caused by bomb or mortar.
311. March 14 - insurgents launched an attack on an oil pipeline near Hawijah.
312. March 18 - iocket attack against oil installation near Kirkuk.
313. March 18 - rocket was fired against the North Oil Company HQ.
314. March 19 - Raad Al Asali, the director of an oil products company in Mosul was killed as he left his home.
315. March 21 - insurgents attacked an natural gas pipeline northeast of Tikrit with an IED resulting in breeching of the pipeline and ignition of the gas.
316. March 21 - two oil workers were shot and killed in Bayji.
317. March 25 - insurgents mounted a mortar attack on Bayji oil refinery during a VIP visit.
318. March 30 - insurgents blew up a pipeline transporting oil from Kirkuk to the Bayji refinery, at a point near a village 30 miles southwest of Kirkuk.
319. March 30 - insurgents shot dead eight workers at Iraq's largest oil refinery in Bayji. Another man was wounded when the gunmen ambushed the workers' minibus at a roadblock as it drove out of the refinery.
320. March 31 - Blast underneath oil pipeline that runs from Bayji to Daura.
321. April 1 - roadside bomb blast near oil pipeline 44 miles (70 km) south of Basra kills two members of Iraq's Facility Protection Services (FPS); no damage to the pipeline.
322. April 10 - three Oil Protection Force workers were injured when an IED detonated in a Toyota Caprice vehicle which they were investigating. The incident occurred to the north of Az Zubayr near the Al Swadi Gas Station.
323. April 12 - an attempt to shoot the director of the Northern Gas Company Director failed.
324. April 26 - two Iraqi army soldiers, who were guarding an oil pipeline, were shot dead by armed men in two vehicles near the town of Balad.
325. April 29 - the Northern Gas Company was attacked with rockets. The attack targeted three critical Oil and Gas plants in Kirkuk. These are at present under reconstruction and refurbishment. Initial assessments indicate that up to 16 rounds of 57mm were received from two separate firing points. There was no damage reported and no loss of operational capability. The firing point was believed to have been a white pick up truck, located to the SW of the plant.
326. April 30 - Iraqi Police discovered a Katyusha rocket near Kirkuk. The rocket had been placed on a pile of rocks at an angle with a timer attached, possibly targeting the Northern Oil Company. Iraqi EOD disarmed the rocket without incident.
327. May 6 - six engineers working for Iraq's state-owned Northern Oil Company were kidnapped while they were returning from a meeting in Kirkuk.
328. May 8 - insurgents attacked an oil pipeline with an IED at 45 km south from Baghdad. There were no casualties in the attack, but the oil pipeline had to be closed due to the blast. The pipeline carries oil from Dora refinery in Baghdad to Musayyib power station.
328. May 10 - attack on an oil pipeline pipeline carrying oil from Daura refinery to Mussayyib power station.
329. May 15 - attack on pipeline in the Daura refinery.
330. May 16 - insurgents assaulted a car park in northeast Baghdad, killing 18 people and injuring at least 37. Iraqi police said the gunmen shot five guards who were looking after the garage in the Shaab neighbourhood. They then detonated an IED on a parked oil tanker. The bomb killed 13 people.
331. May 20 - a member of the Facilities Protection Service was killed having been shot by two unknown gunmen in the Hayy ar Risalah district of Basrah.
332. May 21- gunmen killed two policemen working in the Oil Protection Facilities in the town of Ar Riyad 40 miles southwest of Kirkuk.
333. May 21 - in al yusufiyah, insurgents detonated an IED on an oil pipeline, starting a massive blaze.
334. May 21 - two Oil Protection Service officers were killed in a drive-by shooting in Tikrit.
335. May 28 - a local government worker who works in an oil refinery was murdered. He was shot twice in the neck in the Abu Al Khasib region of Basra Province by four unknown males on two motorbikes.
336. May 31 - insurgents carried out a rocket attack against an oil pipeline in Riyadh.
337. May 31 - a three vehicle convoy was escorting a pipeline repair team from the Ministry of Oil when it was ambushed with an IED in the Rasheed District in south-western Baghdad. After the initial explosion insurgents then engaged the convoy with small arms fire from a plantation near the Al Taji Gas Factory. Two Iraqi police officers were wounded in the attack.
338. May 31 - a security patrol was ambushed with two IEDs the Ad Daura Oil Refinery in southern Baghdad. It is reported that one security officer was wounded in the attack.
339. June 1 - in northern Iraq gunmen opened fire on Col. Ziyad Tariq, deputy-commander of the oil protection force in Kirkuk, killing him and a bodyguard and wounding another bodyguard as they left a restaurant. Also, a maintenance unit from the oil protection force was attacked by gunmen southwest of Kirkuk and two members were wounded.
340. June 6 - four Northern Oil Company employees were kidnapped on their way to the Ajeel oil site.
341. June 8 - Gunmen in Baghdad kidnapped the director general of the State Company for Oil Projects, Muthana al-Badri in Aazamiya, northern Baghdad.
342. June 9 - in Kirkuk gunmen attacked soldiers guarding a pipeline, wounding three of them and killing one civilian. also on the road between the oil-refinery town of Baiji and Tikrit, gunmen killed three oil engineers.
343. June 12 - six people have been killed in a roadside bomb attack in the southern Daura district in Baghdad. The blast targeted a bus carrying workers to Baghdad's main oil refinery and comes a day after al-Qaeda in Iraq vowed to carry out large-scale after the killing of its leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
344. June 16 - an employee of the Northern Gas Company was similarly shot dead near the oil city of Kirkuk.
345. June 27 - a suicide car bomb exploded at a gas station in Kirkuk, killing at least three civilians and wounding 14 people who were lined up to get fuel.
346. June 27 - three Iraqi policemen from a unit assigned to protect oil facilities in northern Iraq were injured by a roadside IED. A security source said the three men were injured when a bomb exploded as their patrol passed by in an area north of Kirkuk.
347. July 3 - early morning attack section of Yumurtalik pipeline in the city of Hassan about 40 miles southeast of Kirkuk.
348. July 9 - a sabotage attack along Iraq's vital northern oil export route to Turkey fractured both pipelines and repairs will take at least two weeks.
349. July 11 - insurgents killed an engineer working for the North Oil Company, along with his driver, while he was heading to work in Kirkuk.
350. July 11 - insurgents attacked a convoy carrying security personnel tasked with protecting oil facilities south of Mosul, killing at least 10 troops and injuring scores of others. The troops had been ambushed while on a routine inspection of oil pipes in the region.
351. July 13 - attack on a security patrol of the Northern Oil Company in Kirkuk killed three policemen and wounded six civilians.
352. July 16 - the head of Iraq's North Oil Company, Adel Qazaz, was kidnapped in northern Baghdad.
353. July 28 - attack near Samarra on a pipeline connecting Bayji and the Daura refinery.
354. July 31 - Iraq’s northern pipeline carrying crude from the northern oilfields to Turkey's Ceyhan port was sabotaged and ruptured, delaying the restart of export from a previous attack on 9 July 2006.
355. August 13 - insurgents shot and killed a colonel in the Oil Protection Facilities, a security body charged
with guarding Iraq's oil infrastructure. He was shot while waiting at gas station north of Tikrit, 110 miles north of Baghdad.
356. August 13 - approximately 63 Iraqis were killed and another 140 wounded when bombs exploded in the vicinity of a building, rupturing a gas pipeline and causing a gas explosion near the Hawra market in southeast Baghdad.
357. September 1 - an IED attack targeting an oil pipeline on the outskirts of Musayyib south of Baghdad cut supply to a major electricity station. The pipeline feeds Musayyib's electricity station, which provides power to the cities of Karbala, Najaf, Hillah and Diwaniyah.
358. September 3 - attack on an oil pipeline near Kirkuk.
359. Septmebr 10 - a shooting attack near Bayji. Gunmen in two cars ambushed a bus carrying oil employees, killing four people and wounding one.
360. September 13 - an oil installation guard was wounded in a clash with gunmen who tried to blow up an oil pipeline in al-Fatha using an IED,in an area 20 miles south of Kirkuk.
361. September 17 - an oil pipeline was damaged by an IED in the town of Balad, 55 miles north of Baghdad.
362. September 18 - two militants who attempted an attack a gas tanker were arrested in the area of Shuwan, eastern Kirkuk. The attackers were attempting to hijack the tanker.
363. September 20 - a suicide truck bomb detonated at a police checkpoint at the entrance of a Baghdad oil refinery in southern Baghdad, killing three people and wounding 13 others.
364. September 22 - a pipeline carrying crude oil from the fields around Kirkuk to the refinery in Baiji was ruptured during a mortar attack.
365. September 26 - an IED ruptured gas pipeline at Bayji. No one was hurt when insurgents blew up the pipeline, which connects the Bayji refinery and a gas field.
366. September 29 - two fuel tankers were hit with roadside IEDs southwest of Samarra.
367. October 5 - an IED planted under an oil pipeline was detonated near the village of Ishaqi north of Baghdad.
The explosion set fire to the pipeline linking the refinery in Bayji and the refinery in al-Daura.
368. October 7 - a roadside IED hit a fuel tanker being escorted by American troops near Samarra, sending plumes of black smoke into the air.
369. October 28 - a roadside IED targeting security forces guarding an oil industry facility wounded two police officers in eastern Baghdad.
370. October 30 - gunmen attacked a police centre assigned to oil, facilities protection in the city of Bayji, killing two policemen and destroying a police car.
371. November 1 - a roadside IED detonated near the convoy of the security advisor of the Governor of Salah ad Din Province in Bayji. He was unharmed but two of his guards were wounded.
372. November 2 - Gunmen killed a guard of the Northern Oil Company in Kirkuk.
373. November 2 - Sarkot Hikmat Shawkat, an officer with the city's Oil Protection Police, was killed in a drive-by shooting.
374. November 2 - insurgents set up a fake security checkpoint and killed the drivers of two fuel trucks and kidnapped three other people near Baquba.
375. November 13 - Five employees of the state-owned North Oil Company, one of them a women, were ambushed and killed in a small arms attack in the northern outskirts of Baghdad as they drove into the capital.
376. November 21 - In east Baghdad, a roadside IED detonated near an Oil Ministry convoy, killing four people.
377. November 25 - In Kirkuk, police found the bullet-riddled body of a pipeline security guard.
378. November 27 - Two mortar bombs hit the North Oil Co. pipeline-filtering facility northwest of Kirkuk. The resultant fire was burning out of control, and the flow of oil from all of Kirkuk's fields had been shut down to the Baiji refinery to the southwest.
379. November 27 - An IED detonated under an oil pipeline and set it on fire today 20 miles south of Baghdad, and Iraqi andUS forces were sent to secure the area. The pipeline carries crude oil from storage tanks in nearby Latifiyah to the Daura refinery in Baghdad.
380. November 27 - The corpses of two Oil Ministry employees were discovered in the town of Khalis.
381. November 29 - Police colonel ahmed izdeen from the ministry of oil was assassinated by unknown gunmen in Baghdad.
382. December 10 - in 'Rabi`ah, a suicide bomber driving a pick-up truck rammed his vehicle into a parking area full of fuel trucks, setting four oil trucks on fire.
383. December 11 - major fire broke out at an oil storage facility after explosions night in a volatile area south of Baghdad.
384. December 13 - the Daurah oil refinery was hit by mortar bombs which damaged the installation and started a fire.
385. December 13 - Two suicide trucks forced entry into a base of Iraq's oil infrastructure protection force, killing 10 soldiers and wounding six and wounding three civilians. One after another, the trucks ploughed into the military base near the town of Ar Riyad, 50km from the oil centre of Kirkuk and along the pipelines carrying crude to the Baiji refinery. The Strategic Infrastructure Brigade, an army unit formed out of local tribesmen, is tasked with protecting the northern oil fields and the hundreds of miles of pipeline that cross the flat plains of northern Iraq.
386. December 30 - insurgents shot dead two oil company employees in Mosul, northwest of Baghdad.
387. January 10 - Up to 50 Iraqi militants armed with RPG-7 as well as light and medium weapons ambushed a large force of the Oil Protection Force, whom were transporting security equipment. Sources indicated that more than 20 of the Oil Protection Force personnel were killed and more than 20 injured.
388. January 11 - An oil pipeline of the Northern Oil Company was sabotaged and breached near Kirkuk and the oil spill set ablaze.
389. January 21 - Insurgents assaulted guards protecting an oil facility, seized their weapons and vehicles and set an oil well on fire in the town of Dibs.
390. January 22 - An oil technician - an employee of the Northern Oil Company Ltd - was shot to death in the northern city of Mosul.
391. January 23 - A roadside IED detonated near a minibus carrying workers of the Northern Oil Company Ltd while travelling to the oil-refinery city of Baiji, 112 miles north of Baghdad. There were no casualties.
392.February 11 - Gunmen killed Lieutenant Colonel Jamal Mohammad, the chief of serious crimes office of the Oil Protection Force at Bayji and wounded two of his guards. Reports claimed that two of the attackers were also killed.
393. February 12 - Insurgents placed two IEDs on a well of the Northern Oil Company near Kirkut. The explosions destroyed the well and set the oil ablaze.
394. February 13 - Insurgents attacked and destroyed a road tanker with of the National Guard on the highway near Al Buwarah. The driver was killed and a passenger wounded.
395. February 19 - Iraqi insurgents deployed a suicide bomber in a road tanker north of Baghdad.
396. February 20 - Six people were killed and 105 injured after a suicide IED detonated his device in a fuel tanker in the town of At Taji, north of Baghdad.
397. February 23 - A VBIED incorporated into a road fuel tanker exploded in a market in the town of Buhayrat al Habbaniyah in the province of Anba. The explosion killed 40 people and injured 64.
398. February 25 - Two labourers of an oil company were killed and one wounded by a roadside bomb in Kirkuk.
399. February 27 - A convoy of four road tankers carrying oil products was stopped shortly after it left the Bayji refinery by Iraqi militants. The militants shot and killed the drivers and burned the vehicles and the cargo.
400. March 25 - Insurgents killed Ali Amin, director of a gas company, near his house in a drive-by shooting in Mosul.
401. March 26 - A roadside IED destroyed a fuel tanker killing the vehicle crew.
402. March 26 - Insurgents detonated an IED beneath an oil pipeline near Bayji. The attack started an oil fire that burned for several hours before it could be extinguished.
403. April 1 - Insurgents attacked a road tanker contracted to carry fuel to the US military. The incident occurred near a fertilizer factory in the middle of the Muhafazat Salah ad Din
province. The vehicle was destroyed in the ensuing fire and both the driver and guard was injured.
404. April 4 - Fuel outlet guard shot dead, Insurgents attacked a petrol station in al Kut, 100 miles southeast of Baghdad, killing one guard and wounding another.
405. April 5 - Insurgents ruptured an oil pipeline with an IED near the border with Kuwait, cutting off supplies from surrounding fields to storage tanks in Basra. The attack occurred just north of Safwan on a pipeline operated by the South Oil Company. The explosion started a major fire which took several hours to extinguish.
406. April 5 - A road tanker supplying coalition forces with fuel was attacked near al-Rayashia in Bayji city with a roadside IED which destroyed the tanker and killed the driver and escort.
407. April 6 - Insurgents detonated an IED under an oil pipeline in southern Kirkut which carries oil from Kirkuk to the Baiji refineries, starting a major fire. The incident occurred near the main road linking Kirkuk to the district of al-Huweija.
408. April 9 - An oil protection guard was killed in a IED attack north of Basra. Two Iraqi soldiers were also killed in the same attack.
409. April 10 - Militants wounded seven employees working in the North Oil Company when they attacked their vehicle.
410. April 14 - A convoy of road tankers from Iran was ambushed and the drivers, five Iranians and one Iraqi, were abducted near the town of Qada' Khanaqin. The following day an Iraqi National Guard patrol found the bodies of the drivers.
411. April 14 - A road tanker supplying fuel to coalition forces near Hadithah was destroyed by a roadside IED.
The driver and escort were killed.
412. April 15 - A roadside IED destroyed a fuel tanker supplying fuel to the coalition forces. The incident occurred on the highway near the Japanese bridge in the al-Saklaweya region. The driver and escort was killed in the attack.
413. April 15 - A vehicle of the Oil Ministry was attacked by insurgents in al-Tamah quarter but the passengers escaped.
414. April 15 - Insurgents attacked an Iraqi military base in Mosul with VBIEDs constructed from hijacked fuel tankers.
Six Iraqi soldiers were killed in the attack.
415. April 17 - One person was killed and four others were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his IED that was incorporated into a fuel tanker near an Iraqi army base in the city of Mosul.
416. April 19 - An insurgent suicide VBIED bomber rammed his car into a fuel tanker, killing 10 people and wounding 21 in the southern Jadidah district of Baghdad.
417. April 24 - A suicide VBIED, constructed from a hi-jacked fuel tanker, was detonated on the outskirts of ar-Ramadi City killing six people and wounding another 25.
418. April 29 - An oil pipeline was ruptured near al-Musayyib, about 30 miles south of Baghdad, sending up a large plume of black smoke. The pipeline carries oil from Daura refinery in Baghdad to al- Musayyib power station.
419. April 29 - Insurgents abducted in Bayji the commander of the Facilities Protection Service (FPS) of the Bayji refinery and his driver.
420. April 29 - A large group of insurgents travelling in about 30 vehicles attacked a convoy of 16 fuel tankers and kidnapped the drivers and escorts on a main road near the city of Samarra.
The vehicles and their loads were were set alight and destroyed.
421. April 30 - A stolen fuel tanker laden with explosives and chlorine gas was detonated by a suicide bomber near a restaurant west of ar-Ramadi, killing six people and wounding 10 more.
422. May 2 - Suspected Sunni insurgents hijacked four fuel tanker near
al-Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad. The insurgents killed the four drivers and took the tankers wither cargo intact.
423. May 4 - Armed insurgents attacked a convoy of 51 fuel tankers
and set them on fire on the highway between Bayji and Samarra. The tankers were loaded with oil products from the country’s main refinery complex in Bayji and were reported to be on their way to Ramadi west of Baghdad. The two cities are on the route between the refineries and the Turkish borders. The fate of the divers is currently not known.
424. May 4 - A roadside IED detonated as a road tanker was passing, wounding the driver and setting the vehicle on fire in Mosul. The vehicle and its load were destroyed.
425. May 7 - Four Iraqi insurgents were arrested after Iraqi troops found a large IED planted under an oil pipeline in northern Iraq that carries crude oil to Turkey. About 350 kilograms of TNT were discovered under a stretch of the pipeline in the al-Kasak area, some 80 kilometres west of Mosul. The explosives were removed and safely destroyed.
426. May 12 - A suicide VBIED, constructed from a road tanker, detonated at a police checkpoint on a bridges in a Shi'ite area south of Baghdad, killing 22 people and wounding 60.
427. May 14 - Insurgents abducted nine people from a mini-bus on their way to work at the Bayji oil refinery.
428. May 17 - Three fuel tanker drivers were killed after they were attacked on a road between Mosul and Kirkuk.
429. May 18 - An engineer of the Northern Oil Company was wounded along with two other civilians in a bombing targeting his residence in Kirkuk.
430. May 19 - A roadiside IED in Hawijah wounded four oil employees who were driving past as it detonated.
431. May 20 - A suicide VBIED constructed from a hijacked road tanker killed at least two police officers near a checkpoint outside an open market in ar-Ramadi. Nine other nine officers were wounded. Police opened fire on the vehcile as it approached the checkpoint but the bomber still managed to initiate the device.
432. May 20 - Militants attacked the Oil Protection Force (OPF) patrol while others detonated an IED under an oil pipeline in a complex attack near Kirkuk. The attack targeted a patrol of the 1st Infrastructure Brigade (Oil Protection) during the early hours of 20 May near the village of al-Safra on the Kirkuk-Baiji highway, (65 km) southwest of Kirkuk. Whilst engaged in an exchange of SAF, a second insurgent group placed an explosive charge under the pipeline which detonated, rupturing it over a 2m segment.
433. May 20 - Insurgents ruptured an oil by-products pipeline on fire when they detonated an IED beneath it in the village of Safra, 65 km (40 miles) southwest of Kirkuk. The pipeline is utilized by the Northern Oil Company Ltd.
434. May 21 - Insurgents sabotaged a disused oil well in northern Iraq early in the morning, causing a significant fire. The well is owned by the Northern Oil Company Ltd. An IED attached to to the well functioned at about 04:00hrs LT in the Hanjira area, about 25 kilometres (12 miles) northwest of Kirkuk.
435. May 28 - Three soldiers of the Oil Protection Force (OPF) guarding an oil pipeline in Kirkuk were injured.
436. June 1 - An unconfirmed number of security personnel from the Oil Protection Force (OPF) were ambushed and kidnapped by insurgents on the main road to the south-west of Kirkuk.
437. June 4 - A roadside IED detonated while a road tanker was passing it in centre (financial district) of western Mosul. The tanker caught fire and was destroyed and the driver was injured.
438. June 4 - One civilian was killed and another wounded when a guard assigned to protect oil establishments in Kut opened fire on masses of people gathered in front of a new petrol station.
439. June 5 - A fuel tanker was damaged beyond repair and a fuel retail outlet damaged near the US Forward Operating Base at al-Mahmudiyah. An IED, estimated to incorporate about 5Kg of explosives, detonated in the cab of the vehicle.
440. June 5 - Insurgents attacked an oil pipeline near Bayji.The device ruptured the pipeline, setting fire to the resulatant oil spill.
441. June 9 - A suicide vehicle constructed using a road tanker detonated at an Iraqi army checkpoint outside in the town of al-Iskandariyah, killing at least Iraqi 13 soldiers.
442. June 11 - Ten people died in an explosion after a fuel tanker loaded with gasoline, was deliberately crashed into the Tikrit police command, destroying its two-storey building.
443. June 16 - Three men belonging from the Oil Protection Force (OPF)were wounded when a roadside IED detonated near their patrol vehicle on the Riadh-Kirkuk road.
444. June 20 - Insurgents attacked and ruptured a domestic gas pipeline that feeds power stations in northern Iraq.
445. June 21 - A suicide truck constructed from a oil tanker was detonated south Kirkuk, killing 12 people and wounding 70, including policemen and local politicians.
446. June 22 - In southern Baghdad, US soldiers on a routine patrol searched a suspicious fuel tanker and discovered it had been converted into a VBIED. The explosive charge consisted of 14 x 155 mm artillery shells.
447. June 23 - Two officers of the Oil protection Force (OPF), assigned to protect oil pipelines were wounded during an attack on their post 25 miles west of Kirkuk.
448. June 25 - Fifteen people were killed when a suicide bomber ploughed a VBIED constructed from a fuel tanker into the police headquarters of the northern Iraqi town of Bayji. Another 50 people, mostly civilians, were wounded in the attack.
449. June 29 - An IED detonated under an oil pipeline in the al-Mowehlah area of Abu Haswah south of Baghdad, spilling crude oil and sparking a large fire.
450. July 1 - Insurgents attacked a fuel outlet with multiple IED's which resulted in total destruction. The incident occurred in the small Sunni town of Tall al Mishayah, north of Baghdad. There were no casualties.
451. July 1 - in Kirkuk, an Iraqi soldier assigned to bolster local Oil Protection Force (OPF) personnel was fatally shot by insurgents.
452. July 1 - Coalition forces neutralised an IED that had been intended to sabotage an oil pipeline southwest of Kirkuk.
453. July 3 - Insurgents hijacked four oil tanker trucks that were carrying gasoline to Baghdad on the highway north of Hilla.
454. July 6 - Insurgents detonated a roadside IED near an Iraqi Oil Protection Force (OPF) patrol vehicle near Kirkuk, killing one soldier and injuring another three, including an officer.
455. July 11 - Oil Protection Force (OPF) guards clashed with smugglers and confiscated four tankers full of crude oil near a pipeline connecting the Luhais and Rumaylah North oil fields (50 km west of Basrah). There were no casualties in the incident.
456. July 11 - A coast guard was wounded during clashes with armed oil smugglers in the Shatt Al-Arab waterway near the port of Abu Al-Khasib (20 km south east of Basrah).
457. July 12 - In Mosul, the body of an Oil Protection Force (OPF) guard was found on 12 July. Yassin Mohasen Aayed, was killed by gunmen in al-Jesr al-Khames in western Mosul.
458. July 14 - An Iraqi oil tanker was destroyed during a US airstrike in the Shiite area of al-Ubaidi in east Baghdad.
459. July 17 - Just outside the northern town of Bayji, a Turkish truck driver died when a roadside IED targeted his vehicle. The vehicle was destroyed in the ensuing fire.
460. July 18 - In al-Latifiya insurgents hijacked a convoy of three tanker trucks carrying crude oil to the ad-Daura refinery. They killed the drivers took the vehicles wither cargo.
461. July 23 - three employees of Iraqi Oil Ministry were killed and another injured in a small-arms attack on their vehicle in Baghdad.
462. September 18 - Iraq's northern oil export pipeline to Turkey was badly damaged in a sabotage attack.
463. October 19 - insurgents blew up a pipeline near Kirkuk that carried oil to the Bayji refinery.
464. Nov. 11 - An explosion damaged a pipeline near the northern city of Kirkuk.
465. Dec. 7 - An oil pipeline was bombed near Al-Fatah, 75 miles west of Kirkuk.
466. Jan. 7 - An explosion at a fuel storage tank caused a huge blaze at the Bayji refinery, injuring at least 36 workers.
467. Feb 10 - A car bomb exploded at a power station in Mosul, killing four civilians and causing power outages.
468. Feb. 11 - An explosion struck a gas pipeline transporting unrefined gas from Kirkuk to the Bayji refinery.
469. March 27 - Gunmen blew up an oil pipeline in Zubair area west of Basra.
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