July 2019, Vol. 246, No. 7

Global News

Bombing Attack Halts Pumping on Colombian Pipelines

Pumping on Colombia’s Bicentenario and Cano Limon oil pipelines was halted in mid-May after bomb attacks in recent days, sources from operators Bicentenario and state-run oil company Ecopetrol said.

Military sources attributed the bombings, which both took place in eastern Arauca province near the border with Venezuela, to the National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels.

The attack on the 143-mile (230-km) Bicentenario, the first in at least two years, took place last week in a rural area of Fortul municipality, a source from the company said. Repairs are not yet finished, they added.

The bombing on the 485-mile (780-km) Cano Limon occurred in a rural part of Arauquita municipality, a source from Ecopetrol said. It is the sixteenth attack on the pipeline this year.

There have been more than two dozen attacks on Colombian pipelines so far in 2019. Cano Limon was hit more than 80 times in 2018, which kept it offline for most of the year. P&GJ

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