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OCP and SOTE pipelines halted after bridge collapse

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Ecuadorean state oil company Petroecuador and private pipeline operator OCP have both suspended operations on their respective pipelines as a preventative measure after a nearby bridge in Napo province collapsed, the companies said on 22 February.

Petroecuador halted its SOTE crude pipeline and its Shushufindi polyduct after the bridge on the Marker River, which is next to Petroecuador's facilities in the country's Amazon, collapsed, it said in a statement.

"A Petroecuador multidisciplinary team is working on a physical evaluation of both transport infrastructures with a view to taking necessary corrective action in the short term," Petroecuador said, adding the suspension would head off any potential environmental damage.

The 497 km (310 mile) SOTE has the capacity to transport 360 000 bpd of crude through the Amazonia, Sierra and Costa regions of the country, supplying a marine terminal and refinery. The company's other operations and provision of fuel are functioning normally, it added.

Later in the afternoon, OCP said in its own statement it has also halted pumping, saying the bridge collapse was the result of heavy rains.

"We have immediately activated the emergency response plan, halting the pumping of crude and closing the blockage valve, located some 800 m from the bridge. The pipeline has not ruptured," OCP said.

Its personnel will drain the pipeline, OCP added. Both pipelines are regularly halted because of tubing damage from rocks and landslides.

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