Transneft Halts Russian Oil Product Pipeline After Spill


MOSCOW, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Russian pipeline monopoly Transneft on Monday said it had stopped pumping oil products such as diesel through one of its pipelines after finding signs of an oil spill.

The company said the spill had occurred due to "criminal tapping into a major oil product pipeline which pumps diesel fuel".

Evidence of the spill was discovered on the Novki-Ryazan pipeline, some 200 km southeast of Moscow.

The company said on Tuesday the pipeline had been sealed by 0400 GMT and it would make up for undelivered volumes according to its Monday plan during the day.

Transneft said earlier it would fulfil its obligations to clients and ship diesel volumes in full.

(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; additional reporting by Maria Kiselyova; editing by Jason Neely)


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