BOGOTA Pumping operations alongside Colombia’s second-most crucial oil pipeline, the Cano-Limon Covenas, had been halted due to a bomb attack by rebels from the Marxist ELN group, a police and a armed forces official explained on Monday.
Neither gave additional information on the attack – the second in a week against the pipeline.
The attack happened on Sunday in a rural spot of La Blanquita in central Boyaca province, condition oil company Ecopetrol explained in a assertion. Production and exports from the Cano Limon fields had been not interrupted.
The 485-mile (780-km) pipeline has the capability to transport up to 210,000 barrels of crude daily from oil fields operated by U.S.-centered Occidental Petroleum to the Caribbean port of Covenas.
There had been forty three assaults on the pipeline very last calendar year and thirteen so considerably this calendar year, according to Ecopetrol, which owns the pipeline.
Attacks on oil installations by ELN, a group of about one,five hundred combatants, have been a repeated incidence in the course of a conflict that has killed extra than 220,000 persons and displaced hundreds of thousands around the past fifty two decades.
The attack arrives as Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos’ government engages in peace talks with the rebels in Ecuador.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the major rebel group in the South American nation, agreed to a revised peace accord with the government late very last calendar year.
(Reporting by Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta Enhancing by Alan Crosby)