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Colombia rebels bomb Cano Limon oil pipeline - pumping halted

Dan Molinski, Dow Jones Newswires
 
BOGOTA--Leftist rebels bombed Colombia' s Cano Limon oil pipeline Tuesday, an official said, marking the second attack on the pipeline in less than a week.

The pipeline has a capacity to pump more than 200,000 bpd but has averaged closer to 70,bpd in recent years. The official from state oil company Ecopetrol SA , which owns the pipeline, said pumping has been halted until repairs can be done. California-based Occidental Petroleum Corp. also uses the pipeline.

The same pipeline was bombed Thursday in the same Norte de Santander region of northern Colombia. Repairs for Thursday' s blast were completed Sunday, when pumping resumed.

It isn' t clear which rebel group is to blame for the latest attack, but the Thursday bombing was blamed on the ELN, Colombia' s second-largest rebel group.

Pipeline attacks declined in late 2012, which helped Colombia ramp up overall oil production.

01/09/2013

 

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