Trasandino Oil Pipeline

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Trasandino Oil Pipeline is an oil pipeline in Colombia.[1]


The pipeline runs from Orito, in the Department of Putumayo, to the Pacific port of Tumaco in the Department of Nariño, Colombia.

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Project Details

  • Operator: Ecopetrol[1]
  • Current capacity: 190,000 barrels per day
  • Length: 305 kilometers
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 1969


The pipeline was built in 1969. There are four pump stations and four reduce pressure stations. The pipeline has the capacity of 190,000 barrels per day (30,000 m3/d). It is operated by Ecopetrol.[2][3] However, the pipeline currently runs at a capacity of approximately 85,000 bpd.[4]


From 2010 to 2016, there were at least 18 attacks on the Trasandino Oil pipeline, disrupting oil transportation for various lengths of time. Most of the attacks were conducted by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), while one attack in 2013 was conducted by the National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN).[5]

In 2014, an attack on the pipeline which was blamed on the FARC by Colombian authories caused an oil spill around the area surrounding the damaged pipeline.[6]

In June 2015, several thousand barrels of oil spilled into a river in Southwest Colombia after it was bombed, and would affect several thousand families who relied on the river in their everyday lives. The oil slick drifted down the Rosario River, from Pambil in Narino province and is expected to reach the Pacific Coast. The spill from the Transandino oil pipeline also threatened the habitat of olinguitos, a carnivorous mammal species only discovered in 2013.[7]

A week after the disastrous spill, another bombing caused oil to spill into another river. Ecopetrol used boooms to try and contain the spill from reaching major waterways downstream.[8]

In 2019 there had been 14 attacks on the pipeline as of July.[9]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Trasandino Oil Pipeline, Wikipedia, accessed September 2017
  2. "BOST project", UNCO United Refineries. Retrieved on 2008-06-08. 
  3. Steven Bodzin (2008-03-06). "Colombian Rebels Attack Pipeline Near Ecuador Border", Bloomberg. Retrieved on 2008-06-08. 
  4. Militants Blow Up Colombian Pipeline, Disrupt Up To 85.000 Bpd,, February 17, 2016
  5. Incidents, Global Terrorism Database, accessed October 2017
  6. Colombia's Trasandino oil pipeline shut by rebel bomb attack, Reuters, December 17, 2014
  7. Peter Murphy, "Bombing of Colombian pipeline causes 'environmental tragedy,' Ecopetrol says", Reuters, June 10, 2015
  8. Ecopetrol pipeline bombing spills more oil into Colombian river, El Economista, June 22, 2015
  9. Ecopetrol reporta atentado al oleoducto Trasandino, en Nariño, El Espectador, Jul. 26, 2019

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