The main gas pipeline caught fire Friday in the Russian region of Chelyabinsk. Footage shared on Twitter showed the pipeline exploding. A user sharing the video said: “The Bukhara-Ural gas pipeline burst in Chelyabinsk region, Russia.
“According to Russian media, the incident occurred due to the depressurization of the underground gas pipeline. At the same time, the gas supply is proceeding according to plan.
According to the Russian Emergencies Ministry, there was a report of depressurization of an underground high-pressure gas pipeline with a diameter of 1,000 millimeters which led to subsequent flaring, with flames believed to have reached 10 meters in height. .
The fire was extinguished and continued to threaten the local village.
The Russian ministry said gas supplies to consumers would not be affected by the incident.
The blast came just hours after Vladimir Putin warned that Europeans “would have to move before winter” under threat of cutting off the continent’s energy supply.
Russian gas producer Gazprom said on Saturday it had stopped gas supplies to neighboring Latvia, accusing it of violating gas withdrawal conditions.
Russia has already cut off gas supplies to Poland, Bulgaria, Finland, the Netherlands and Denmark, which have refused to pay for gas in accordance with an order from President Vladimir Putin requiring the creation of accounts in rubles in a Russian bank as part of a new settlement plan. .
Russia has also halted gas sales to Shell Energy Europe in Germany.
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In March, Putin said the world’s largest natural gas producer would require countries designated as “hostile” in their stance on the Ukraine conflict to pay for piped gas in rubles.
The European Commission – which has warned that complying with Putin’s order could breach European Union sanctions against Moscow – has urged European companies to continue paying in the currency agreed in their contracts with Gazprom, whose big majority is in euros or dollars.