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Ecuador suspends oil exports after bridge collapse

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Ecuador announced on Friday that it will partially suspend crude oil exports while it checks the safety of two Amazon pipelines after a bridge collapse.

State-owned Petro-Ecuador, which accounts for 78 percent of the country’s total crude oil production and produced about 481,000 barrels per day in 2022, said two wells will gradually shut down after the collapse. bridge across the Marker River in Napo County next to two pipes.

The lines were not affected, but the company has stopped some operations as a precaution and hopes to resume pumping within a week.

The government has declared “force majeure”, which means the company will not be penalized for failing to fulfill customer orders.

Petro-Ecuador did not specify when or how this would affect exports, but said it would update customers on the situation.

Crude oil makes up the bulk of Ecuador’s exports, and last year oil accounted for two-thirds of its total production and generated about ten billion dollars in revenue, accounting for 10 percent of gross domestic product.

Source: AFP.

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