UPDATE 1-Workers halt oil spill from pipeline in Venezuela

Tue Sep 21, 2010 1:14am GMT

* Spill near western town of Dabajuro

* Technicians restart pipeline after repairs

* Latest accident to hit state-run PDVSA (Updates with PDVSA restarts pipeline, paragraph 5)

By Sailu Urribarri

PUNTO FIJO, Venezuela, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Workers have stopped an oil leak from a pipeline leading to Venezuela's biggest refinery in the latest accident to hit the country's state-run company PDVSA, officials said on Monday.

PDVSA has suffered three fires at its facilities in the past two weeks, followed by a small explosion at its 146,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) El Palito refinery on Saturday and then the oil leak from the pipeline in western Falcon state.

A government spokesman and clean-up workers said the leak near the town of Dabajuro had been plugged.

"We managed to seal the pipe. For now, there's just residue left and the spilled oil, but the effort continues," one worker told Reuters. It was not clear how much oil was spilled.

Later on Monday, PDVSA said in a statement the pipeline had been restarted in "record time" and was working normally.   Continued...

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