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BOGOTA: Bomb stops two Colombia oil pipelines pumping

Pumping stopped earlier this week on Colombia's largest and third-largest oil pipelines...

Pumping stopped earlier this week on Colombia's largest and third-largest oil pipelines - Ocensa and Colombia - as investigations proceeded into a suspected rebel bomb attack, the operating company said.
"We have suspended pumping. We still don't know if the attack has affected only one of the pipelines or both," a spokesman for Ocensa, the British-Canadian-Colombian consortium, said. "We are waiting for the army to guarantee the safety of the area before going in to see what happened."

The 480-mile (800 km) Ocensa pipeline transports 365,000 barrels a day of crude from the Cusiana and Cupiagua fields in the northeastern province of Casanare to the Caribbean. The fields are operated by BP. The Colombia line transports 110,000 barrels a day.

The country's second largest pipeline, the 115,000-bpd Cano Limon, has been virtually paralyzed since Feb 17 due to a sabotage campaign by rebels waging a 37-year-old war against the government.

Reuters