MOSCOW, 13 Oct – PRIME. Poland has begun repairing the damaged section of the Druzhba oil pipeline, Reuters reports, citing Mateusz Berger, authorized government of the republic for strategic energy infrastructure.
“Repair work on the pipeline, through which Russian oil was supplied to Germany, has already begun, and Poland does not believe that the incident was a sabotage,” Berger told the agency.
“Everything points to natural causes, problems in the material, of course, the area with the crack will be investigated. So at the moment we have no information that could indicate sabotage,” Berger said. The leak was caused by a “relatively large” crack in the pipeline, he said.
On Wednesday, the Polish pipeline operator Pern announced the depressurization of one of the two strings of the Druzhba oil pipeline leading to Germany.
In the evening, Pern said that after removing most of the contamination from the site located next to the damaged oil pipeline, the company’s technical services localized the leak.