Written By: Fares Anam
Article Date: Jul 11, 2012 - 5:42:06 PM
The major repairs of oil pipeline that were bombed and damaged in Marib province is complete, and will return to its normal condition, said Yemeni military command on Saturday.
The Minister of Oil and Minerals, Hisham Sharaf, said that Safer Company will resume exporting oil from the Marib fields next week after a break of more than a year and a half because of tribesmen’s bombing to the pipe line that transport oil to the export port on the coast of the Red Sea.
The commander of Military Central Region Maj. Gen. Mohsen Ahmed Seif al-Yaf›I confirmed that the engineering teams finished repairing 18 damages caused by attacks during the last period in the valley of Abeida and Serwah in the province of Marib.
Al-Yaf’i pointed out that the repairing process of the oil pipeline is going in full swing leaving only four sites exposed to two bombing in the valley of Habab and two others in Khawlan in Sana’a, reported Yemen News Agency (SABA).
He then praised the cooperation of social figures and the citizens of Marib, who provided support and assistance to the engineering teams and collaboration with the armed and security forces in the hunt of “terrorists”, who were behind the attacks on the oil pipeline.
Al-Yaf›i noted that high directives issued to the coordination with all the military and security units to provide protection for the repairing and rehabilitation of the oil pipeline in the area of Khawlan and expected to be complete within the coming two days.
Sharaf added that the technical teams protected by the military forces will finish repairing of the pipeline this week, and “we will begin to pump oil from the Marib fields to the port of Ras Isa on the Red Sea next week.” Minister Sharaf said that they would use force against individuals or groups to prevent future attacks on the pipeline. Yemen has lost more than $ 3 billion due to the stop of the oil export from these fields.
“The committee charged of repairing the pipeline continues its mission to help in resuming pumping oil before the month of Ramadan,” he added. The pipeline has been subjected to more than 15 bombings since February 2011.
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