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Druzhba pipeline leak to be fixed by Tuesday, Polish operator says

The Druzhba oil pipeline is set to be fixed by Tuesday morning following the pipeline’s reported leak over the weekend, the pipeline’s Polish operator PERN said on Sunday (6 August).

On Saturday evening, PERN’s automation systems detected a leak in one of the pipeline’s two lines of its western section, through which crude oil is delivered to Germany.

The damaged line was immediately turned off, while the second line is operating without any changes. The leak does not pose a threat to the health and security of local residents, PERN said over the weekend.

The pipeline’s damaged segment was removed on Sunday, with a replacement installed earlier today after repair works were carried out throughout the night. Welding and X-ray testing of the welds is currently taking place, PERN said via Twitter (X) this morning.

Land remediation is also set to start later today following the repair works, PERN said on Sunday.

The incident does not show signs of third-party activity, the operator noted on Sunday. The company’s investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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