August 7, 2020

The Colombian Ecopetrol suffers four terrorist attacks in the northeast of the country

Colombian state oil company Ecopetrol reported Saturday night that there were four terrorist attacks against the infrastructure of the Caño Limón-Coveñas pipeline and Campo Tibú, both in the northeast of the country.

The first event took place in Campo Tibú, located in the rural area of ​​Tibú municipality, in the department of Norte de Santander, bordering Venezuela.

There, "groups outside the law activated explosives in the water injection plant and in a well" in the villages Socuavó and Palmeras, respectively, and left others installed, the company said in a statement.

Ecopetrol clarified that "the damages cover eight wells that produce 450 barrels of oil per day," so once the security forces secure the area, the company's technicians will begin repairs.

In a second attack, this time in the Cerro Madera village, a group of strangers removed under threat the personnel who performed preventive maintenance on the Caño Limón-Coveñas pipeline, one of the most important in Colombia.

Subsequently, the criminals installed and activated explosive charges, which caused damage to the crude transportation system.

Also, added the oil company, "armed men held for an hour the workers who were part of a caravan of five tank trucks that took product from the operational control point Caño Cinco" in the village Guachimán.

According to Ecopetrol, those responsible for the attack threatened to burn the vehicles that were transporting "product recovered from other attacks registered against the pipeline."

The state oil company denounced the morning of this Saturday that 14 of its workers were retained by at least 100 people who entered without authorization to the Gibraltar Gas Plant, located in the rural area of ​​the municipality of Toledo, in Norte de Santander.

The company said that "around 100 people took the plant violently" by breaking the external mesh of the facility and entering "abruptly putting at risk the lives of people and the operation and integrity" of the infrastructure.

The 14 workers remain incommunicado because those who have retained them also cut off the communication networks of the place.

The Gibraltar Gas Plant suspended its operations for one month in 2016 due to the fact that a group of indigenous U'wa and Motilón-Barí took over the facilities to claim that territory as their own.

Last year the Colombian oil infrastructure suffered 107 attacks, of which 89 affected the Caño Limón-Coveñas pipeline and 18 to the Transandino.

In 2017, the guerrilla Army of National Liberation (ELN) perpetrated 62 attacks against the Caño Limón-Coveñas, which caused the spill of more than 20,000 barrels of crude, according to figures from the Colombian Attorney General's Office.

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