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The Druzhba operator is ruling out sabotage of the pipeline for the time being

A leak was discovered at the Druzhba pipeline in Poland. The pipeline operator has now ruled out external influences for the time being.

After discovering a leak at the Druzhba pipeline in

Poland has for the moment excluded the operator of the line sabotage. Technicians arrived in the damaged area and found the hole, the Pern company announced late Wednesday.

“According to the initial results and the way the pipeline is deformed, there is currently no evidence of an external impact,” the statement read. However, detailed analyzes are currently underway to determine the cause of the accident and repair the pipeline so that the oil can be pumped back through the pipeline as soon as possible.

The Polish pipeline operator previously announced that a leak had been discovered on the Druzhba pipeline, through which oil flows from Russia to Europe. The hole is located about 70 kilometers from the central Polish city of Plock. The main line through which crude oil is delivered to Germany is affected.

Until the evening hours, firefighters pumped large quantities of crude oil from a depression into a cornfield where oil had leaked from the underground pipeline. The incident was reminiscent of the explosions that ripped through the Nord Stream 1 and 2 Baltic Sea pipelines in late September.

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

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