Written By: Mohammed al-Kibsi
Article Date: Sep 25, 2012 - 8:13:39 PM
Yemen's Liquefied Natural Gas company (LNG Yemen) blamed saboteurs for an explosion on gas pipeline in Shabwa province in south east of Yemen.
Yemen's gas and oil pipelines attacked by unknown saboteurs on Monday and Tuesday September 24 and 25, 2012
In a statement issued on Tuesday Yemen LNG confirmed the sabotage of the 38 inch gas pipeline that links the block 18 to the Balhaf terminal on the Gulf of Aden.
The explosion occurred at 04h20 on 25 September 2012 at 35 KM North of Balhaf Liquefaction Plant.
An oil ministry official said Tuesday's blast temporarily halted the flow of gas in the pipeline in Shabwa province. He said repairs are underway and exports were not affected by the blast.
The gas company said in a statement that there were no injuries in the explosion.
Meanwhile security officials and local sources said unidentified saboteurs also blew up an oil pipeline in Shabwa late Monday and halted the flow of 8,000 barrels pumped there.
Oil and gas pipelines have been frequently sabotaged in Shabwa and Marib provinces that are known of being strongholds of al-Qaeda insurgents.
Government oil officials estimate the repeated attacks have cost the country great loss that amounts up to $2.5 billion.
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