Jordanian workmen and engineers wee repairing on Monday (25 October) a section of pipe belonging to the American-owned Trans-Arabian Pipeline Company -- Tapline -- following an explosion in the Al Qaryatain area in north Jordan on Sunday (24 October).
GV Equipment at scene of explosion
GV Burnt ground
SV Men working on damaged pipe (2 shots)
SV Man pouring in pit
GV Men working around pool of oil
SV Equipment in explosion area
GV Tanker truck at scene
SV Parts of pipeline unloaded for repair operations (2 shots)
CU Patch of oil burning
GV Burned area
Initials ES.1513 ES.1511
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Background: Jordanian workmen and engineers wee repairing on Monday (25 October) a section of pipe belonging to the American-owned Trans-Arabian Pipeline Company -- Tapline -- following an explosion in the Al Qaryatain area in north Jordan on Sunday (24 October). The pipeline, which carries crude oil from Saudi Arabia's eastern oilfields, has been wrecked in Jordanian territory several times before.
SYNOPSIS: Jordanian engineers were hard at work on Monday at the site of the latest explosion which blew up a section of the Tapline oil pipe. The blast, on Sunday, was in the Al Qaryatain area of North Jordan, near the Syrian border.
The pipeline has been hit several times before in Jordanian territory -- in September, saboteurs from Syria were blamed.
The blast set off a large fire which raged for 12 hours until Jordanian firefighters were able to control it. The pipeline carries crude oil from Saudi Arabia's eastern oilfields. The explosion affected a small station which pumps the Saudi crude oil across Syria to the Zahrani oil port in South Lebanon.
According to the Manager of Tapline in Jordan, the repair work got under way as soon as the fire was out. His men, he said, were trying to get the pipeline back into operation again within 48 hours. Tapline, which is the American-owned Trans-Arabian Pipeline Company, is a subsidiary of the Arabian-American Oil Company operating in Saudi Arabia. At the time of the blast, it couldn't be estimated how long it would take to repair the damage. But on previous occasions, at least two days were needed to carry out repairs.