Polish pipeline operator, PERN announced on Wednesday that it had detected a leak in an oil pipeline in Poland. The leak comes in a primary route that transports Russian crude oil to Germany. 

PERN engineers discovered a leak in the Druzhba pipeline, which originates in Russia, about 70 km from the central Polish city of Plock. It stated that the reason for the leak was unknown.

The damaged thread’s embossing was instantly turned off. The pipeline’s second line remains operational.

According to firefighter spokesperson Karol Kierzkowski, firefighters were working in cornfields near the town of Zurawice to pinpoint the exact location of the leak

According to him, firefighters drained approximately 400 cubic meters of spilled oil and disrupted transmission along the line. 

The Soviet Union built the Druzhba pipeline, one of the world’s largest oil pipelines. It has the potential to produce more than 2 million barrels per day (bpd) but has remained underutilised in recent months due to deteriorating Russia-Western relations, according to Reuters

In late September, European countries detected “unexplained” leaks in two Nord Stream 2 pipelines under the Baltic sea near Sweden and Denmark. 

Gazprom also reported a leak in the primary gas turbine at the Portovaya compressor station near St. Petersburg on 2 September, resulting in the Nord Stream 1 pipeline gas flows shutting down to Germany. However, western companies said that such a leak should not normally affect turbine operations, disputing the reports.

Last year, Russia supplied approximately 35% of Germany’s crude oil supplies. However, that percentage has dropped since Russia invaded Ukraine, and the nation has gradually phased out the remaining supplies before EU bans on most Russian imports take effect.