Yemen's main oil pipeline shut after bombings

The SABA news agency said the pipeline was attacked in two spots in the Wadi Abidah region of western Yemen.

Yemen's main oil pipeline shut after bombings

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Flows through Yemen's main oil export pipeline were stopped after the line was blown up in two places on Sunday night, the state news agency and local government sources said.

The SABA news agency said the pipeline was attacked in two spots in the Wadi Abidah region of western Yemen.

"Unknown assailants blew up the pipeline that carries crude oil to the main export terminal in the Red Sea in the middle of Sunday night, in the Damashka area of Wadi Abidah," a source in the area told Reuters.

The Maarib pipeline used to carry around 110,000 barrels a day (bpd) of Marib light crude to the Ras Isa export terminal on the Red Sea coast. until a spate of attacks in 2011 and 2012.

SABA did not identify the attackers.

A long closure of the line last year forced the country's largest refinery at Aden to shut, leaving the small producer dependent on fuel donations from Saudi Arabia and imports.

The Maarib oil pipeline was last blown up in September but Yemen's main gas export line was blown up again only last week.

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