Gas pipeline explosion in Venezuela.
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On state television, the Venezuelan oil minister Tareck El Aissami said that a section of State oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA)’s pipeline in El Tejero, exploded after a fire, and considered the incident as a ‘terrorist attack’, without providing evidence. PDVSA was sanctioned by the United States in 2019, but sanctions were further intensified last year. Venezuelan officials have a habit of blaming fires and explosions on terrorism and sabotage.
This terrorist action has affected the operations center in El Tejero that serves as a gas injection plant, and, thank God, no casualties are reported from this attack.Venezuelan oil minister Tareck El Aissami
According to Reuters, PDVSA said that the explosion occurred on March 20. The pipeline provides natural gas to Pigap II gas reinjection plant located in Monagas. The explosion forced PDVSA to temporarily shut down the plant to extinguish the fire and assess the damage to the pipeline. Local news media, El Tiempo said that the fire was so strong that it was difficult for the firefighters to approach the site.
No injuries or deaths were reported, but not much details have been revealed. It is unknown how the explosion had an impact on the gas plant and pipeline.