17 Sep 2020 09:52

Rosneft oil pipeline leak in Khabarovsk Territory in July caused by corrosion - watchdog

MOSCOW. Sept 17 (Interfax) - The Sakhalin division of Russian industrial watchdog Rostekhnadzor has completed a technical investigation into the cause of the July 13 accident on a section of oil pipeline owned by a Rosneft subsidiary that resulted in oil seeping to the surface and flowing into Bezymyanny and Goly creeks and Goloye Lake.

The "main reason for the accident" on the Okha - Komsomolsk-na-Amure section of RN-Sakhalinmorneftegaz LLC's pipeline "was corrosion of the metal of the oil pipeline," the watchdog said. Transportation of oil along the pipeline has been suspended.

"A set of measures aimed at preventing similar incidents has been worked out based on the results of the investigation, with specific deadlines set for their execution," Rostekhnadzor said.

Administrative measures will be taken against the company and officials under parts 1 and 3 of Article 9.1 of the Code of Administrative Offences, which cover violations of industrial safety requirements or the terms of licenses for conducting types of activities in the area of industrial safety at hazardous production facilities.