Saboteurs blow up Yemen's LNG pipeline, again

By REUTERS
October 31, 2012 07:16

 
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DUBAI - A gas pipeline feeding Yemen's only liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal was blown up again on Tuesday night, the operating company said on Wednesday.

"Yemen LNG confirms the sabotage of the 38 inch gas pipeline that links the block 18 to the Balhaf terminal on the Gulf of Aden," said the company, run by France's Total. "The explosion occurred at 2200 on Oct. 30, 2012 at 295 km north of Balhaf Liquefaction Plant."

Yemen's oil and gas pipelines have been sabotaged repeatedly since anti-government protests last year created a power vacuum, which armed groups have exploited to cause fuel shortages and slash export earnings in the impoverished country.

The 320-km (100-mile) pipeline supplying the $4.5-billion plant has been attacked several times by suspected al-Qaida-linked gunmen after military strikes on Islamist militants.

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