Yemen's main oil pipeline repaired
Washington, July 16, 2011
Yemen has repaired its main oil pipeline in the Maarib province, which had been shut since a mid-March attack by tribesmen, and oil began to flow on Friday night, the Yemeni Embassy in Washington said.
"Late Friday evening, Yemeni oil authorities successfully repaired the main pipeline in the province of Mareb," the embassy said in an e-mailed statement.
The embassy said the pipeline, which carries crude oil to Yemen's main oil terminal in Aden for export and to be refined into gasoline, was attacked in mid-March and in June, causing "an acute energy and fuel crisis" in the country.
"But tonight oil from the Mareb fields began flowing once again. This will hopefully ease the economic crisis the nation is currently facing," the statement added.
Yemen is also in the midst of a political crisis after some five months of demonstrations against the three-decade rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is in Saudi Arabia for medical treatment following a June assassination attempt. – Reuters