By Mohammed Ghobari
SANAA Nov 12 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 270-mile long Maarib pipeline used to carry around
110,000 barrels per 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 but Yemen's oil and gas
pipelines have been repeatedly sabotaged by Islamist militants
and disgruntled tribesmen since anti-government protests created
a power vacuum in 2011.
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