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Yemen LNG Plant Said to Restart After October Pipeline Attack

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Nov. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Yemen LNG began producing liquefied natural gas from its Gulf of Aden plant after an October pipeline attack there halted output, two people familiar with the operations said.

A tanker docked at the plant yesterday to load fuel chilled to a liquid for transport by ship, said the people, including a Yemen LNG official, who declined to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak to the press.

The pipeline supplying the plant was sabotaged Oct. 30 in the seventh attack in a year, Yemen LNG said on Oct. 31. Total SA is the company’s biggest shareholder.

Yemen, located on the southeastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula and bordering Saudi Arabia and Oman, is struggling to recover from protests that weakened the central government’s authority and forced former President Ali Abdullah Saleh from power a year ago. The 320-kilometer (199-mile) pipeline network supplying the plant runs through a region that’s home to al-Qaeda-linked militants.

The LNG tanker Grace Cosmos docked Nov. 25 in the Yemeni port of Belhaf, where Yemen LNG’s plant is located, according to ship tracking data compiled by Bloomberg. The vessel V.K. Mugungwha was off Belhaf yesterday morning, the data show.

To contact the reporters on this story: Robert Tuttle in Doha at rtuttle@bloomberg.net; Mohammed Hatem in Dubai at mhatem1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net

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