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Mudslide Ruptures Gas Pipeline in Central Bolivia

LA PAZ – A mudslide triggered by torrential rains ruptured a gas pipeline in Cochabamba, a region in central Bolivia, but the leak has been controlled, state-owned oil company YPFB said Tuesday.

The leak occurred in the early morning hours of Tuesday, YPFB CEO Guillermo Acha said in a Twitter post.

An alert was declared on the Carrasco-Cochabamba pipeline due to the drop in pressure, “which immediately activated the closing of the valves,” Acha said.

Domestic gas supplies in western Bolivia will not be affected because although volumes will drop while repairs are being done, “transportation is being optimized” via the gas pipeline that runs into the highlands, YPFB said.

Two 26-person emergency teams will be deployed all day in the area where the mudslide occurred.

Two people were killed when a vehicle crashed into the Carrasco-Cochabamba pipeline in Cochabamba on Nov. 28.

The crash damaged the pipeline and a fuel spill was contained in the hours after the accident.

 

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