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UPDATE 1-Kirkuk to Ceyhan oil flows drop sharply to around 225,000 bpd -shipping source

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LONDON, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Crude oil flows through the Kurdish pipeline to the Turkish port of Ceyhan have dropped sharply to around 225,000 barrels per day, a shipping source said on Wednesday without providing the reason.

Flows typically run at around 600,000 bpd and stood at around 500,000 bpd on Tuesday, he said.

On Tuesday Iraqi forces took control of the Bai Hasan and Avana oilfields northwest of Kirkuk, after Kurdish Peshmerga fighters pulled out from the region.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered the advance on the two fields in the wake of the Kurdish independence referendum last month. (Reporting by Julia Payne, writing by Ahmad Ghaddar; editing by Jason Neely and David Evans)