At least 3 killed in gas pipeline explosion in Russia

Fire in a section of the Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhgorod gas pipeline

At least three people died in the fire A large Russian gas pipeline, supplying Europe, The President of the Republic pointed out this Tuesday rainy seasonThe place where the incident took place.

“According to preliminary information, four people were working at the site. Unfortunately, three people died during the violent gas flare-up. One driver survived and is in shock“, Oleg Nikolaev, head of the region, located about 600 km east of Moscow, told Russian television.

Nikolayev noted that it is currently “unknown” when the operation of the gas pipeline will resume.

A fire broke out in one part of it The Yurengoi-Pomari-Ushgorod gas pipeline was opened during the Soviet era It also connects the gas fields of northern Russia with the city of Uskorod in western Ukraine.

According to local rescue workers, the fire broke out during maintenance work near the town of Yampakhtino and was brought under control.

“A gas flare was removed at the scene of the accident. It was determined that the explosion occurred during work on a section of an underground gas pipeline,” the regional Emergencies Ministry said in its Telegram account.

Three people died in the blast.

Russia has curbed gas supplies to Europe in response to Western sanctions against the Kremlin’s offensive in Ukraine, sparking fears of energy shortages in European countries.

This pipe, this It originates from a gas field in Siberia and passes through Ukraine on its way to EuropeOne of the main routes for Russian gas exports to EU countries.

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It was not immediately clear how long it would take to repair the area severed by the blast, Chuvashia Governor Oleg Nikolayev said in televised comments. The regional division of Russian natural gas company Gazprom said gas transport volumes were not affected by the explosion, as supplies continued on parallel links.

(With information from AP and AFP)

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