A 48,000-barrels-per-day capacity Colombian oil pipeline was still not operating on Wednesday since workers had not reached the remote site where suspected rebels detonated bombs, a source at Ecopetrol said.
The Transandino pipeline — which transports crude from the southern Putumayo province near the Ecuadorean frontier to the port of Tumaco on the Colombian Pacific coast — was halted by bomb attacks without affecting exports earlier this week.
“They still haven’t been able to reach the site,” said a source at state-run Ecopetrol, Colombia’s largest oil producer. The source said once the workers arrive, it should take around four days to repair depending on the damages.
The 305-km (190-mile) pipeline moved an average of 25,000 to 30,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) from fields in Putumayo through the Narino department on the coast.
Colombia, now Latin America’s No. 4 oil producer, has seen a sharp drop in violence from its long war as rebels have been battered by a U.S.-backed security offensive. But guerrillas still occasionally attack oil pipelines in remote areas.