Colombia’s Cano Limon crude pipeline bombed, pumping halted

20 March 2012 16:45  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Ecopetrol’s Cano Limon pipeline, the second longest in the country, has been shutdown for the past four days after another bombing by rebels, an official at the Colombian national oil company said on Tuesday.

A dynamite attack, the third this month, on 17 March halted transport on the 780-km (485-mile) pipeline, according to the official.

It is unknown when the Cano Limon pipeline, which transports oil to the port of Covenas, will restart.

Colombia has been trying to break the 1m/bbl mark in the past months, but has been unable to ramp up oil production.

Last month, Colombia produced 896,000 bbl/day, its lowest monthly average since September.

The Colombian Mines and Energy Ministry has blamed lower than projected oil production on problems related to the Cano Limon pipeline, which is in Colombia's remote northern region.

So far in 2012, the pipeline has been bombed at least 15 times.

The pipeline has a load capacity of 900,000 bbl/day and a pumping rate of up to 35,000 bbl/hour, according to Ecopetrol. The conduit normally pumps about 80,000 bbl/day.

The conduit transports oil from the Cano Limon oilfield in the eastern plains of Colombia to the country’s Caribbean coast for export.

By: Leela Landress
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