Volcanic eruption damages key Ecuador oil pipeline
Monday November 4, 2:55 pm ET 
QUITO, Ecuador, Nov 4 (Reuters) - A volcanic eruption in Ecuador's oil-rich Amazon 
jungle has damaged part of a new heavy-crude pipeline under construction, seen as a 
buoy to the nation's economy, the pipeline builder said on Monday. 
OCP Ecuador SA, made up of six foreign oil firms and a construction company, 
said it could not confirm the extent of the damage to the pipeline near erupting 
volcano El Reventador but the people working on it were safe. 
"OCP has preliminary reports of some equipment damage and some damage to pipe," 
the company said in a statement. OCP added that it will not be able to evaluate 
the damage to the $1.3 billion pipeline under construction until the weather 
"At this early date OCP is unable to confirm the extent of the damage and the 
potential impact on the construction schedule," the statement said. 
El Reventador, located 60 miles (95 km) east of Quito near the heart of the 
country's oil industry, started erupting early Sunday and has blanketed the 
northern Amazon and the capital with thick volcanic ash. 
OCP is building a 450,000 barrel-per-day heavy-crude pipeline that is expected to 
start pumping in June 2003, paving the way for expanded production of crude, the 
cash-strapped nation's biggest export. 
The company has suffered several setbacks due to protests by environmentalists who 
oppose the pipeline and from residents who blocked roads to demand government aid 
for poor villages. 
OCP is made up of Canada's EnCana Corp. (Toronto:ECA.TO - News), Italy's Agip 
Petroleum (Milan:ENI.MI - News), France's Perenco, Occidental Petroleum Corp. 
(NYSE:OXY - News) of the United States, Spain's Repsol-YPF (Madrid:REP.MC - News), 
Argentina's Perez Companc (Buenos Aires:PCH.BA - News) and construction firm 
Ecuador currently has only one oil pipeline -- the state-run Transecuadorean 
Pipeline or SOTE -- which pumps 400,000 bpd from the jungle to a coastal port. 
The SOTE is pumping normally, pipeline manager Marcelo Proano told Reuters. 

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