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Ecuador pipeline will take longer to restart due to new damage -operator

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QUITO, Feb 1 (Reuters) – OCP Ecuador, operator of the South American country’s private oil pipeline, said on Tuesday that repairs to tubing damaged over the weekend by falling rocks will take between seven and 10 days because of new damage sustained in the same area.

A rock fall following rains in the Piedra Fina zone of Ecuador’s Amazon caused part of the OCP heavy crude pipeline to split late on Friday, causing an oil spill.

Ecuador’s environment ministry said on Monday that OCP will face legal consequences for the spill, which occurred within a protected area of the country’s rainforest. read more

The new damage occurred on Monday near the rupture reported over the weekend, OCP said in a Tuesday statement.

“There are effects that require an intervention to achieve a safe operation,” the company said. “Technical personnel from the transport company estimate the repair of the pipeline will take between seven and 10 days from this date.”

Read more on Reuters here.

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