Oil pipeline explodes in northeastern Syria: report

Oil&Gas Materials 13 July 2011 15:19 (UTC +04:00)

An oil pipeline exploded in a northeastern Syrian province Tuesday overnight, no casualties were reported and the damages were slight, Syria's al-Ekhbaria TV said Wednesday.

Syria's official SANA news agency quoted an unnamed official source in the oil ministry as saying a fire broke out in an oil pipeline connecting al-Omar field and al-Taim oil station, affiliated with the Euphrates Oil Company, in Deir al-Zour province, some 458 km northeast of capital Damascus.

The pipeline was currently under maintenance works, said the source, adding that nearby dry grass led to the spread of the fire to a wide area, Xinhua reported.

The fire was totally extinguished, the source said, adding oil production is still on and it has been transformed to other pipelines, and that investigations have started to figure out the cause of the fire which "is likely resulted by the burning of grass near the site."