Transneft Brings Druzhba Pipeline Back Onstream

Transneft has restored oil traffic through the Druzhba pipeline to normal after last week's accident, according to a report by Prime-Tass. Druzhba normally puts through 250,000 tons of oil a day, however, that was reduced to 170,000 tones per day after the rupture. Druzhba transports oil from Russia to Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Ukraine and Belarus.

Transneft sources said the pipeline rupture near Penza started a fire that destroyed 36 tons of oil. Another eighteen tons has been taken to a special pond built for skimmed crude. Transneft specialists are yet to evaluate the damage from the accident, but it is already clear that the effects have proved far less serious than it seemed initially.