Energy: Poland: Leak discovered at Druzhba oil pipeline

A leak in the Druzhba pipeline, through which oil flows from Russia to Europe, has been discovered in Poland.

Energy: Poland: Leak discovered at Druzhba oil pipeline

A leak in the Druzhba pipeline, through which oil flows from Russia to Europe, has been discovered in Poland. The cause is still unknown, said the Polish pipeline operator Pern.

Accordingly, the leak was reported late Tuesday evening on one of the two strands of the western section of the line around 70 kilometers from the central Polish city of Plock. This is the main line through which the crude oil flows to Germany. A spokeswoman for the local professional fire brigade told the PAP news agency that the leak was in the village of Lania.

"The pumps were switched off immediately. The other line of the oil pipeline is still in operation," says the operator's statement. This also applies to the rest of the network. The operator's emergency services and the fire brigade were dispatched to the site of the leak.

A chemical and environmental clean-up team from the fire brigade is on site, a fire brigade spokesman told the public broadcaster TVP. The action could probably last several hours. One concentrates on pumping a petroleum-based substance from a depression in a corn field. So far, 400 cubic meters of oil have been pumped out, the pipeline has stopped and the pressure is falling. Firefighters are still trying to pinpoint the exact location of the damage.

The Druzhba (Friendship) pipeline is one of the largest in the world, delivering Russian oil to several countries in Central Europe. It also supplies the Schwedt refinery in Brandenburg. Their pipes run partly above and partly below ground.

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