Al Qaeda militants blow up Yemeni gas pipeline - again
Al Qaeda terrorists were blamed for blowing up a $4.5 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipeline in Yemen yesterday - for the third time in under two months.
A Yemen LNG spokesperson said the latest attack on the pipeline in the east of the country would further delay plans “by weeks” to resume LNG output - already halted by another blitz in April claimed by the insurgents.
“We immediately suspect Al Qaeda as they claimed responsibility for the last two attacks on the pipeline,” said the spokesperson.
The major pipeline transports LNG from Maarib to an export facility at Balhaf, which is led by French oil major Total alongside three South Korean companies.
The $4.5 billion Yemen LNG project has a combined capacity of 6.7 million tonnes per year - supplying LNG mostly to Asia but also to Europe and the Americas.
Residents said flames could be seen from several kilometres away, as raging militants exchanged gunfire with an army brigade charged with guarding the pipeline following the last explosion.
On March 30, the pipeline was bombed for the first time in retaliation for the killing of five insurgents in a US drone strike.