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Rebel attacks hit Colombian oil output

Major improvements have been made, but security issues still bedevil the industry

Colombia is a long way from the days when a brutal, long-running domestic insurgency made it one of the most dangerous places in the world for oil producers to operate. As the government has beaten back rebel groups over the past decade, it has cleared the way for an oil rush that has seen the country emerge as a major regional energy player. But recent months have shown that security problems still bedevil the industry. The country's oil output, a key driver of economic growth, plunged to its lowest level in nearly two years in April after an attack on the Caño Limón – Coveñas pipeline forced producers to shut in around 70,000 barrels a day (b/d) of production. Crude output was 935,000 b/d

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