WARSAW — Polish energy operator PERN said on Oct. 12 it had detected a leak in a major pipeline that transports Russian oil to Germany via Poland, Warsaw is investigating but no signs of sabotage said.
Suspicions of another possible sabotage were raised after a recent explosion rocked the Baltic Sea’s Nord Stream 1 natural gas pipeline. PERN announces Late Tuesday, a leak was detected in one of the Druzhba pipelines carrying oil from Russia to Germany, prompting its immediate closure.
Mateusz Berger, a senior Polish official in charge of energy infrastructure, told Reuters that the damage was accidental and that there appeared to be no signs of sabotage.
Stanislaw Zarin, the Polish government spokesperson for information security, said in a statement on Twitter Wednesday morning that the leak was under investigation and that “all hypotheses are possible.”
“The scale of the incident does not affect the security of Poland,” Zarin added.
PERN said Polish refineries continue to receive supply from one of the two Druzhba pipelines that were not affected by the leak.
In a statement obtained and translated by The Epoch Times, PERN spokesperson Katarzyna Krasinska said:
Sergei Andronov, vice president of the Russian operator of pipeline Transnieft, told Interfax that PERN notified them of the leak.
Andronov confirmed that oil continues to be supplied to Polish refineries.
In an interview with Polish news agency PAP, Zaryn said that “what is happening now in Europe means that such leaks need to be investigated thoroughly”, adding that an investigation “is possible”. It will proceed as quickly as possible,” he said.
Zaryn did not explicitly mention the recent explosion that rocked the Nord Stream 1 natural gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea, but his remarks suggest a growing sense of threat to critical energy infrastructure. doing.
Swedish authorities investigating the Nord Stream leak announced on October 6 that they had found evidence of an explosion, adding to suspicions of “serious sabotage,” according to the Swedish security service.
Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said on October 10 that Sweden would not share the findings of the explosion with Russian authorities.
“In Sweden, our preliminary investigation is confidential and, of course, this is also the case,” she told reporters.
Europe, which has relied heavily on Russia for its energy supplies, is about to cut off supplies from Russia, facing an energy crisis after Russia cut gas supplies over Western sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine.