Colombia Cano Limon-Covenas Oil Pipeline Pumping Suspended for 12 Days

(Reuters) — Oil transportation company Cenit, a wholly owned subsidiary of Colombia's majority state-owned energy company Ecopetrol, has suspended pumping operations along the Cano Limon-Covenas pipeline for 12 days as of Tuesday due to attacks on the infrastructure, it said.

A series of bombings on the pipeline, the most recent of which took place on Monday, have damaged the pipeline, Cenit said.

Pumping oil through the pipeline has been suspended since March 16, a Cenit spokesman said, adding that resumption of operations will depend on Colombia's military securing the attacked sites.

Ecopetrol has suspended transportation of gas from the Gibraltar plant, located in the Norte de Santander province, due to the attacks on the infrastructure, it said in a statement later on Tuesday.

Monday's pipeline attack, the sixth this year, took place in a rural zone of the Cubara municipality, in Colombia's Boyaca province.

Troops are securing the site of the bombing so Cenit personnel can repair the damage, a source at the company said.

Cenit did not attribute the attack to any particular group, but guerrillas of the National Liberation Army (ELN) and FARC dissidents who reject a 2016 peace deal with the government operate in the area, according to the military.

The Cano Limon-Covenas pipeline, which can transport up to 210,000 barrels of oil per day and runs along Colombia's northern border with Venezuela, was attacked 13 times last year, leading to fires and contamination of the surrounding area.

Oil company SierraCol's operations in Arauca province have not been affected by the suspension of pumping along the pipeline, it said.

Parex, another oil company with operations in Arauca, was not immediately available to comment.

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