Polish operator detects leak in Russian pipeline to Germany

The Polish pipeline operator, PERN, announced on Wednesday that it had detected a leak in an oil pipeline in Poland. The leak comes from a main route that transports Russian crude oil to Germany.

PERN engineers discovered a leak in the Druzhba pipeline, which originates in Russia, about 70 km from the central Polish town of Plock. He said the reason for the leak was unknown.

Damaged thread embossing was instantly disabled. The second line of the pipeline remains operational.

According to fire department spokesman Karol Kierzkowski, firefighters were working in cornfields near the town of Zurawice to locate the exact location of the leak.

According to him, firefighters evacuated about 400 cubic meters of spilled oil and interrupted the transmission along the line.

The Soviet Union built the Druzhba oil pipeline, one of the largest oil pipelines in the world. It has the potential to produce more than 2 million barrels per day (bpd) but has remained underutilized in recent months due to deteriorating Russian-Western relations, according to Reuters.

At the end of September, European countries detected “unexplained” leaks in two Nord Stream 2 pipelines under the Baltic Sea near Sweden and Denmark.

Gazprom also reported a leak in the primary gas turbine at the Portovaya compressor station near St. Petersburg on September 2, causing gas flows from the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Germany to stop. However, the Western companies said such a leak would normally not affect the operation of the turbines, disputing the reports.

Last year, Russia provided around 35% of German crude oil Provisions. However, that percentage has dropped since Russia invaded Ukraine, and the country has phased out remaining supplies before EU bans on most Russian imports came into effect.

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