Yemen LNG Confirms Sabotage Cause of Pipeline Explosion
by Quintella Koh
|Sunday, December 16, 2012
Yemen LNG confirmed Sunday that the country's only liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipeline which links Yemen’s onshore block 18 to a gas liquefaction plant in the Balhaf industrial complex on the Gulf of Aden was blown up due to "sabotage."
"The sabotage occurred at 0035 local time, 107 miles (173 kilometers) north of Balhaf," the company said in a published statement.
Yemen LNG reported on Oct. 31 and Sep. 25 similar sabotage attempts on the pipeline. It revealed that the Sep.25 attack was carried out by suspected al Qaeda-linked militants.
Block 18, located in central Yemen, houses two LNG production trains with a combined capacity of 6.7 million tonnes per annum. Yemen LNG has long-term supply contracts with GDF-Suez, Kogas and Total Gas & Power.
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