Friday, January 13, 2023

Twelfth Winter Explosion: Lithuanian Gas Pipeline Hit By Large Explosion

Lithuanian gas pipeline hit by large explosion 
A large blast has hit a gas pipeline in the Pasvalys region of northern Lithuania, near the Latvian border. Images broadcast by local media showed flames illuminating the night sky, but officials say there have been no injuries caused by the explosion. Latvia's Defence Minster Artis Pabriks wrote on Twitter that the cause of the incident would be investigated and said sabotage could not be ruled out. But the pipeline's operator said it did not believe the blast was suspicious. "According to the initial assessment, we do not see any malign cause, but the investigation will cover all possible options," Amber Grid chief executive Nemunas Biknius told reporters. "We do not see the signs of any potential impact from outside." Mr Biknius said the pipeline - which was built in 1978 - had undergone some recent maintenance work, and that officials would try to establish whether that had contributed to the blast. "All reasons will be investigated and clarified in the coming days," Mr Biknius said. He added that the gas supply to the pipeline had been cut off and that he expected the fire to subside in the coming hours. Amber Grid added that the blast had taken place "away from any residential buildings". The pipeline consists of two parallel systems, and Amber Grid said the explosion occurred in one of them. The other was undamaged. Source

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