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Pacific Rubiales halts Colombian production temporarily as security precaution

TORONTO – Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. (TSX:PRE) is taking precautions to ensure the safety of staff and contractors in Colombia after the blockade of certain internal routes at its Rubiales and Quifa fields.

The Toronto-based company has also halted production for security reasons amid what it described as union and political activity outside the operations.

“All the security measures that have been taken follow the company’s policies and procedures, and are coordinated with Colombia’s national security forces, which are responsible for field security,” Pacific Rubiales said late Tuesday.

Pacific Rubiales owns Meta Petroleum Corp., a Colombian oil operator that operates the Rubiales and Piriri oil fields in the Llanos Basin in association with Ecopetrol, S.A., the Colombian national oil company.

About 12,000 people work in the field.

The operation was shut down for a day and a half in mid-July because of worker protests.

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The workers’ union is demanding the company increase wages and improve working conditions and health care.

– with a file from The Associated Press