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Power Shortages Hurt Oil Production Capability - Information Request (Middle East Economic Survey - 13 Aug 01)

Do any list subscribers or associates have electronic and/or hard copy
access to the Middle East Economic Survey?

I wish to obtain a copy of "Iraqi Oil Exports in July Fell To 1.43Mn B/D",
Middle East Economic Survey, Vol. 44, No. 33, 13 August 2001.

See Agence France Presse story below.

Best wishes,

Nathaniel Hurd
Iraq Sanctions Project (ISP) Associate
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Copyright 2001 Agence France Presse
Agence France Presse
August 13, 2001 Monday 6:16 AM Eastern Time
SECTION: International News
LENGTH: 304 words
HEADLINE: Iraqi oil production in July plunged on power cuts: MEES
Iraqi oil production during July plunged to as low as 1.43 million barrels
per day (bpd) amid frequent power outages that knocked out a major pumping
station, a specialist newsletter reported Monday.

"There was a sharp decline in Kirkuk crude exports in the second half of
July, attributed mainly to the failure of a pumping station because of lack
of power in the Kirkuk district," the Middle East Economic Survey (MEES)

"The situation is expected to deteriorate further, as much of the equipment
that has been ordered has been put on hold by the US representative in the
(UN) sanctions committee," the Cyprus-based MEES said.

A severe regional drought for the last three years has curtailed the power
Iraq has been able to generate from hydro units for use in the oil sector,
and the problem has been compounded by the non-availability of spare parts.

MEES added the situation had been further complicated by the "imprisonment
of several former senior power officials on corruption charges, which has
discouraged new senior officials from taking the initiative."

Iraq halted oil-for-food exports on June 4 for five weeks in protest at a
one-month rollover of the programme ordered by the Security Council instead
of the usual six-month extension.

The unusually short extension heralded an unsuccessful attempt to revamp the
council's sanctions regime and introduce so-called "smart sanctions" against
Iraq by July 3.

Iraq resumed oil exports after reaching a deal with the United Nations on
conditions for a 150-day extension of the programme.

Iraq, a member of the 11-nation Organisation of Petroleum Exporting
Countries (OPEC) but not part of the cartel's quota system since the 1991
Gulf War, has proven reserves of 112 billion barrels and a current
production capacity of 2.2 million bpd.

LOAD-DATE: August 13, 2001

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