Poland investigates leak in key pipeline carrying crude oil from Russia to Europe

Polish authorities are investigating a leak in the Druzhba crude oil pipeline.
Polish operator PERN found a leak in the Druzhba oil pipeline on Tuesday.
The system carries crude oil from Russia to Germany.
Authorities are looking into the cause of the leak as Europe frets about Russian sabotage.

Polish authorities are investigating a leak in an oil pipeline carrying crude from Russia to Germany as Europe frets that issues with its energy infrastructure will reduce supplies and push prices even higher.

Operator PERN halted flows through one of the Druzhba system’s northern legs after detecting a leak on Tuesday.

“At this point, the causes of the event are not known – the flow in the damaged thread was immediately turned off,” it said in a statement.

The Druzhba pipeline is split into two sections, with the northern channel supplying oil to Germany and Poland. It has pumped about 490,000 barrels a day to the two countries in recent months, according to Reuters.

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