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Iraq to use drones to monitor, protect its oil pipelines

Iraq to use drones to monitor, protect its oil pipelines
Iraq plans to use drones to monitor and protect its oil export and production pipelines from the first quarter of 2018, Reuters quoted oil ministry spokesman Asim Jihad as saying. 

Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi has asked the ministry to seek out professional security companies that can supply Iraq with drones and sophisticated camera systems to protect its pipelines, Jihad said.

Luaibi last week announced plans to build a network of pipelines which will carry crude oil and refined products across all its territory, as an alternative to expensive and hazardous transport by tanker trucks.

The use of drones to monitor pipelines is common in advanced energy producing countries but a new step for Iraq which has seen attacks from insurgents on pipelines since the 2003 US-led invasion which toppled former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

Last Modified: Tuesday، 19 December 2017 11:03 AM
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