Thursday, February 2, 2023

Russia’s gas pipeline explodes, three killed

MOSCOW ( Associated Press) — An explosion in a section of a pipeline carrying natural gas to Europe in western Russia killed three people Tuesday but did not affect export supplies. The officers provided this information.

A section of the Urengoy-Pomorie-Uzhhorod pipeline exploded during repair work in the Chuvash region. Regional officials said three repair workers were killed and one was injured in the explosion.

Originating from a gas field in Siberia and crossing Ukraine on its way to Europe, the pipeline is one of the main routes for Russian gas exports to EU countries.

Commenting on television, the governor of Chuvashia, Oleg Nikolayev, said it was not immediately clear how long it would take to repair the portion of the pipeline damaged by the explosion. The regional branch of Russian natural gas giant Gazprom said the explosion did not affect gas transit volumes as supplies continued on parallel links.

The pipeline through Ukraine has become the main conduit for Russian natural gas supplies to Europe since the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines exploded under the Baltic Sea in September, causing widespread damage.

Swedish investigators have found traces of explosives in two Baltic Sea gas pipelines that were damaged in an act of “serious sabotage”, but they do not want to blame anyone.

Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the West of blowing up gas pipelines and singled out the United States for profiting from attacks on European energy infrastructure, while some Nordic and other European media outlets have alleged Moscow’s involvement.

Nord Stream 1 carried Russian gas to Germany until Moscow cut off the supply in late August, citing equipment problems. But German officials believe this is due to a political decision to drive up prices and create uncertainty.

The Nord Stream 2 never entered service, as Germany suspended its certification process shortly before Russia sent forces to Ukraine in February.

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