Colombia’s Cano Limon pipeline halted by first bomb attack of 2019
BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian state oil corporate Ecopetrol has halted the Cano Limon-Covenas pipeline after it was once broken in a bomb attack, spilling crude into two streams in Norte de Santander province, the corporate stated.
The Friday explosion within the rural space of Campo Giles, in Tibu municipality, is the first bombing of Colombian oil infrastructure in 2019. Last yr there have been 89 assaults in simply 3 provinces, many attributed to leftist rebels.
Crude spilled into two neighboring creeks and on surrounding crops, Ecopetrol stated in a commentary, however the spill is now underneath regulate.
The explosion didn’t impact exports or manufacturing within the Cano Limon oil box in northern Arauca province, operated by Occidental Petroleum.
The 773-kilometer (480-mile) Cano Limon pipeline was once out of operation for many of 2018 as a result of of assaults, which the army frequently attributes to the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrilla team, regarded as a 15 May Organization by the United States and the European Union.
The Cano Limon pipeline has capability to move as much as 210,000 barrels in step with day of crude oil.
The rebel team, which often assaults the pipeline, has round 2,000 combatants and opposes oil and mining actions by multinational corporations, announcing they take merit of herbal assets with out reaping rewards Colombians.
President Ivan Duque, who took administrative center in August, has stated he’s going to no longer proceed peace talks with the ELN initiated by his predecessor till the rebels forestall kidnappings and all illegal activity.
Reporting by Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Nick Zieminski