By NY Staff
Petro Masial Yemen second oil government company has resumed crude oil flows through a pipeline in its eastern Hadhramout province one day after tribesmen blew it up, a local official said on Sunday.
Militants blew up a major oil pipeline in Hadhramout governorate on Saturday, senior government officials said. The attack halted oil production, and crews worked to fix the line, which links the Masila oilfield to the port in Shihr terminal (al-Dhabwah).
The militants planted explosive devices under the pipe in the Urf Valley of the southern Hadramout province.
Yemen crude oil exports are the mainstay of the impoverished country’s economy, and halts in production pose a serious threat to the stability of five international oil companies Total, Dove, DNO, Calvalley and the local operator of the pipeline Petromasila. The vandalized pipeline transports more than 100,000 barrels per day.
Yemen oil infrastructures have increasingly been the targets of attacks over the last year. Lost oil production due to pipeline attacks cost the government more than $1 billion in 2012, and cost the government even more in 2013.
The Hadhramout Tribal Alliance has rejected the accusation that it bombed the oil pipeline. In a statement released by the tribes, it said these acts are not part of the people in Hadhramout morals and it is not in their agenda.
“It is the gangs of oil in Sana’a, because it is just like them, and they are trying to frame the tribes of Hadharmout to give an excuse to attack.”
A spokesman said that the tribes may stop all the companies operations in the governorate, if the government will continue its intended delay of withdrawing its military presence from Hadhramout, and replace them by Hadhrami check points in addition to full employment for the Hadhrami people.
The Yemeni Prime Minister’s office said that the government has for months carefully guarded its pipelines, fearing that terror or tribal groups could attempt to damage country’s economy by vandalizing them.
Security experts have warned that the government’s inability to preserve state infrastructures may lead to a vote of no confidence and potentially to political instability.
“The more attacks on oil pipelines, the less of a chance Yemen has to recover from its economic woes,” said AbdulSalam Mohammed, President of the Sana’a-based Abaad Research Center. “This is something Yemen cannot possibly afford given the size of its state deficit.”