Colombia-Venezuela pipeline fixed in “record time”

Just closing a story that I mentioned on March 28. The pipeline reopened today, PDVSA said in an e-mailed statement.

Ramírez señaló que de manera intensa y en tiempo récord de dos días, se logró poner en funcionamiento el gasoducto, tras el reemplazo de la línea afectada, la aplicación de pruebas técnicas y de radiografía de la soldadura.

Note that the good people at the Guinness Book of World Records keep very busy in Latin America, as governments always strive to achieve “tiempo record.” A few recent examples:

Chile bans “Spice” in record time
Argentine President Fernandez vetos an increase in retirement pay in record time
Venezuela presents housing to displaced in record time
Guarico (Venezuela) fixes a highway in record time
Colombian President Santos mends relations with opponents in record time
Tlacopaltan (Mexico) restored after flooding in record time
Ecuador works to end electricity crisis in record time

Hat-tip to RJ.

ADDING: Venezuelans who rely on state media might think their country exports natural gas to Colombia, based on this hilariously incorrect headline. Argh.

6 thoughts on “Colombia-Venezuela pipeline fixed in “record time”

  1. PAT

    Colombia never spends more than 5 days repairing pipelines destroyed by guerilla’s actions. Ramirez is claiming a record which is not.

    1. sapitosetty Post author

      PAT – 2 items. First, I’m glad I’m not the only one spending my Saturday night thinking about this stuff. Second, I think “tiempo record” is a very flexible concept. This was the fastest ever repair of this pipeline in this exact location. Sort of like how the bridge on the Caracas-La Guaira highway was also replaced in “tiempo record” — fastest ever replacement of that bridge.

    1. sapitosetty Post author

      You need to learn how to interpret Venezuelan propaganda. They don’t usually lie about this sort of thing. If the repairs were to take 6 months, they would simply not mention it. There’s no reason to doubt that the pipeline is back in action.

      1. NicaCat

        Relax. I grew up in Nicaragua. Not a whole lot of differences in the propaganda diffused.

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