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South American country, Peru was hit by a massive earthquake of magnitude 8, yesterday, disrupting oil and gas operations in the country. One of the biggest quakes in Peru since 2007, sent strong tremors not only across the nation but also in the neighboring countries of Ecuador and Colombia. State-run Petroperu released a statement informing that the quake caused a “minor” leak in a pipe at its Talara refinery.
Peruvian state-backed, Petroperu, has suspended pumping on the 200,000 b/d capacity North Peruvian crude pipeline, owing to an apparent leak. The operations were stopped after crude was detected in a jungle river near the pipeline. The 854 km long pipeline has seen repeated leaks in the past and was reopened for operations recently after a two-year stoppage. Petroperu is looking into inspecting the pipeline for crack detection.