Colombia rebels bomb Cano Limon oil pipeline - pumping halted

1/9/2013

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.

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