This excerpt taken from the PBR 6-K filed Apr 5, 2006.
Rains damage pipelines in Bolivia
(Rio de Janeiro, April 4, 2006, 2006). PETRÓLEO BRASILEIRO S/A - PETROBRAS, [Bovespa: PETR3/PETR4, NYSE: PBR/PBRA, Latibex: XPBR/XPBRA], a Brazilian international energy company, announces that intense rainfall in the Chaco region of Bolívia has damaged a stretch of the oil pipeline operated by Petrobras Bolívia that transports condensate produced in the San Antonio and Margarita fields the latter of which operated by another company to the trunk pipeline system that transports liquids in Bolívia, imposing restrictions on the production of natural gas from those fields.
As a conseqüence of this rainfall, pipelines operated by other companies that deliver gas and oil products to cities in the region, as well as the local utilitys water main, have also been damaged, imposing restrictions on the delivery of fresh water to the city of Villamontes.
The force of the waterpower unearthed several sections of the pipeline causing damage to an 800 meter stretch.
Several actions, such as the redirection of production, and the adaptation of thermopower plant usage are being implemented to minimize the effects of the accident both in Brazil and Bolívia.
Petrobras Bolívia hás informed Bolivian authorities of the incident, and the actions that have been taken, and continues its efforts to restore as quickly as possible the operational capacity of the damaged pipeline.