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Orsk refinery suspends operations due to dam break - Russian media

7 April, 2024 Sunday
15:51

On April 7, the Orsk oil refinery suspended operations due to rising waters after the city dam broke

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This is reported by the Russian media Interfax and TASS.

Orsknefteorgsintez has decided to suspend the operation of its refinery in Orsk due to the rise in water that occurred after the city dam broke last Friday, the company's press service reports.

"Due to the abnormal flooding, in order to avoid environmental risks and to comply with safety regulations, primarily related to occupational safety, the Orsk oil refinery has been temporarily suspended," a company spokesperson says.

Orsknefteorgsintez is ForteInvest's largest asset, with an annual capacity of 6 million tons of petroleum products.

Dam break in Orsk

On the evening of April 5, a dam burst in two places in the Russian city of Orsk, Orenburg region. The authorities urged people to evacuate immediately, and thousands of homes were threatened.

As of the morning of April 6, the water level in Orsk was at 930 cm. Local authorities reported that the entire residential sector of the Old Town would soon be flooded.

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin sent Interior Minister Alexander Kurenkov to Orsk. 

On the evening of Saturday, April 6, it became known that a new dam break occurred in the Russian city of Orsk.

Ukrainian Armed Forces’ strikes at refineries in Russia

On March 13, it was reported that in two days, Ukrainian drones attacked Russian oil refineries, damaging 12% of Russia's oil refining capacity.

On March 23, it became known that residents of Novokuibyshevsk, Samara region, reported a fire near the Rosneft oil refinery after a drone strike. On March 28, it became known that the refinery had to shut down both primary oil refining units after the fire, thus completely halting production.

The Kuibyshev refinery was forced to shut down both primary refining units after the fire, thus completely halting production.

On the morning of April 2, the authorities of the Russian republic of Tatarstan, located more than 1,000 kilometers from Ukraine, reported a drone attack on businesses in Elabuga and Nizhnekamsk, allegedly resulting in casualties. It is reported that the Ukrainian intelligence attacked a plant for the assembly of Russian Shahed-136/131 strike UAVs.

Strikes on Russian oil refineries could have put more than 15% of Russia's production capacity out of commission.

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