Friendship cracked, oil spilled

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — A crack in a pipe in the Belarusian section of the Druzhba oil trunk pipeline resulted in the spill of 15 liters of oil. This was reported by the Ministry of Emergencies of Belarus.

A message about the discovery of an oil outlet in the section of the Mozyr-Brest trunk pipeline near the village of Bolshoi Zimovichi in the Gomel region was received by the department the day before, February 14, at 13:00. The surface area of ​​the oil spill was 0.5 square meters – only 15 liters of raw material spilled.

The break in pumping oil to cut off the defective area was 31 minutes. 12 people and six pieces of equipment were involved in eliminating the crack in the oil pipeline, collecting oil and removing contaminated soil, which would then be transported away securely (click here for examples of equipment that may be used). At 19:45, the work of the damaged oil pipeline was restored.

Ministry of Emergency Situations carried out work to ensure fire safety. There were no casualties from the incident.

The day before, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that Belarus would have to start selecting transit fuel from the Druzhba pipeline if Russia does not supply the approved volume of oil to Minsk. According to him, in January of this year, 500 thousand tons were delivered, and 1.5 million tons were not delivered.

“Therefore, if they are not delivered in February, we will get up to 2 million tons,” the Belarusian president promised .

Prior to this, it was reported that Belarus had begun the selection of process oil from idle branches of the Druzhba trunk pipeline. The Russian company Transneft is aware of what is happening, this does not affect transit.


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