Leak detected in pipeline that brings Russian oil to Germany


WARSAW, Poland –

An oil leak was detected on a pipeline in Poland that’s the primary route by means of which Russian crude reaches Germany, the pipeline’s Polish operator stated Wednesday.

The operator, PERN, stated it detected a leak in the Druzhba pipeline on Tuesday night 70 kilometres (45 miles) from the central Polish metropolis of Plock. It stated the reason for the leak wasn’t recognized.

The incident follows leaks late final month in the Nord Stream 1 and a couple of fuel pipelines operating alongside the Baltic seabed, and amid an power standoff between Russia and the West over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Denmark and Sweden say these pure fuel pipelines had been attacked with massive quantities of explosives.

The Druzhba pipeline, which in Russian means “Friendship,” is likely one of the world’s longest oil pipelines. After leaving Russia, it branches out to convey crude to factors together with Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Austria and Germany.

A Polish authorities safety official, Stanislaw Zaryn, stated the leak might be the results of an accident, however that officers had been nonetheless investigating and had been taking a look at all potential explanations.

“Different eventualities are potential. We do not exclude any of them,” he instructed The Associated Press.

Firefighters had been working in cornfields close to the village of Zurawice to decide the precise level of the leak, in accordance to a spokesman for firefighters, Brig. Karol Kierzkowski. He instructed the state information broadcaster TVP Info that roughly 400 cubic meters of spilled crude had been pumped out, and transmission alongside the road had been blocked off.

Germany’s Economy Ministry stated that Berlin’s provides are presently safe, with two German refineries persevering with to obtain provides through the Druzhba pipeline. It stated reserves at these two refineries have been elevated in latest weeks, and that each can, if wanted, be equipped through the German port of Rostock and the Polish port of Gdansk.

Last 12 months, Russia accounted for round 35% of Germany’s crude oil provide. But that proportion has been decreased following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in February. Germany’s focus now could be on phasing out the remaining provides earlier than a European Union embargo on most Russian imports goes into impact. An European Union embargo on most Russia oil goes into impact on Dec. 5.

A month in the past, the German authorities took management of three refineries owned by Russian power firm Rosneft, which account for about 12% of Germany’s oil refining capability.


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