Pipeline, port operations disrupted in Southern Russia due to storm
Operations at the Tikhoretsk-Tuapse pipeline, which supplies the Tuapse Refinery in Southern Russia, are suspended due to heavy rainfall and flooding that resulted in a section of the line being damaged late Thursday.
"An aerial section of the pipeline has been damaged, leading to an oil spill, which was initially estimated to be around 5 cu m," a spokesman for state-owned pipeline operator Transneft said Friday.
The pipeline was damaged as a result of a mudslide caused by heavy rainfall in the region. Operations at the line had been suspended Thursday, as heavy objects including logs and cars were washed away by the flooded Tuapse river, which could damage the main pipeline.
The refinery is currently being supplied by the Zarechye tank farm.
The 240,000 b/d Tuapse plant is owned by Rosneft and produces feedstock such as VGO and naphtha, rather than finished grade products.
A team from Transneft's local subsidiary Chernomortransneft is working on the clean-up operation, installing booms to isolate the spill and monitoring the environmental impact, a company statement said.
Elsewhere a storm in recent days has led to a lag in loading at the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk, with one tanker still delayed, the Transneft spokesman said.
"The storm in Novorossiisk ended yesterday and loading began. There is a delay in the schedule of one tanker. We expect to return to schedule tomorrow," he said.
The spokesman added that loading is on schedule at Russia's other ports, although there is a daylong storm warning for the Far East port of Kozmino for tomorrow, which could impact loading.