July 17, 2018 / 5:49 PM / 5 months ago

Colombia's Cano Limon pipeline restarts pumping after 180 days - sources

BOGOTA, July 17 (Reuters) - Pumping through the Colombia’s Cano Limon-Covenas oil pipeline restarted last week after a 180-day stoppage due to repeated attacks by Marxist ELN rebels, military and industry sources said on Tuesday.

The 485-mile-long (780-km) pipeline has been attacked 58 times this year by the National Liberation Army (ELN), the largest active guerrilla group, according to military sources.

Although this is one of the most extensive paralyses since the pipeline opened in the mid-1980s, activity in the Cano Limon field, operated by Occidental Petroleum Corp and located in the northern Arauca province, has not been affected. Colombian state oil company Ecopetrol owns the pipeline.

Reporting by Helen Murphy Editing by Susan Thomas

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