The flow of oil in the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline from Kurdistan through to Turkey has been stopped has been stopped due to an act of sabotage near the border with Iraq.
The pipeline which carry's oil from Kirkuk region in northern Iraq to Ceyhan, a port on the Mediterranean coast in Turkey.
A Turkish government official said
"Just after the explosion we've closed the oil valves to stop extra oil flow. We have taken measures and the attack won't have an effect on oil supply and demand,"
There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, the second attack on a major pipeline in Turkey in less than 24 hours.
An explosion in Turkey’s Agri province, suspectedly carried out by militants of the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), halted gas transport along a pipeline linking Turkey and Iran late on Monday.
The Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline has a maximum operational capacity of 400,000 barrels per day, but actual flows are around 300,000 barrels per day due to attacks on the pipeline, which frequently disrupt the operation.