A huge fire broke out on Thursday in the largest gas field in Russia, Urengoy in Western Siberia, after a pipeline explosion.
The fire has been extinguished and production has not been affected, said Russian gas giant Gazprom.
“On June 16, 2022, at 0:30 a.m. (Moscow time), decompression occurred in the Urengoy field with fire in the second line of the gas collector located between the integrated gas treatment plants UKPG-7 and UKPG-8V. There were no victims, “said Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy, Gazprom’s subsidiary.
Work on the gas field was halted after the fire broke out.
The fire was extinguished and the production facilities were put back into operation after that, according to Gazprom, which also noted that the incident did not prevent it from achieving the gas production targets at the site.
The Urengoy, Russia’s largest gas field, is also one of the largest gas fields in the world and has been producing gas since 1978. Most of the vast landmass is located beyond the Arctic Circle.
The fire in Russia’s largest gas field comes a day after Gazprom informed Germany and Italy – its biggest customers in Europe – that gas flows to the two countries would be curtailed in the coming days.
Flows to Germany via the Nord Stream pipeline are now reduced by 60% compared to planned volumes, while gas supplies to Italy are reduced by 15%. Gazprom said flows to Germany would be curtailed because Siemens delayed the return of a repaired turbine, while giving no reason for the cuts in flows to Italy.