A leak has been detected in another pipeline that carries energy supplies from Russia to Europe.
The leak was detected Tuesday night in one line of the Druzhba oil pipeline just over 40 miles from the Polish city of Plock, its operator PERN said Wednesday.
The pipeline operator said the portion of pipe affected was the main route through which crude oil reaches Germany.
PERN staff and fire crews were immediately dispatched to the scene to assess the situation, secure the area and launch repair operations after the leak was identified, it said. As of Wednesday morning, PERN said the scene had been secured.
The cause of the leak is not yet known, PERN said.
The pipeline operator said other parts of the pipeline appeared to be operating normally.
The leak comes as Europe grapples with an energy crisis in the wake of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, which has seen Russia cut off gas supplies in response to economic sanctions.
It follows the discovery of leaks in the Nord Stream pipelines that carry gas from Russia to Europe after underwater blasts last month, with the West labeling the incidents “sabotage.”
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