Fire in the largest Russian LNG terminal in Europe. Probably a drone strike

On the night from Sunday to Monday, a major fire broke out at the Novatek terminal in Russia. According to local media, it was probably an attack by Ukraine.

“Rzeczpospolita” writes about the fire at the terminal at the port of Ust-Luga in Leningrad Oblast on January 22.

Russia. Fire at the Novatek complex

“Today in the evening a fire occurred in the production complex of Novatek-Ust-Luga. According to preliminary information, the fire was caused by external factors. “The technological process of Novatek-Ust-Luga has been stopped and an operational workforce has been established to eliminate effects. A damage assessment will be carried out later,” Novatek said in an official statement.

Due to the situation, the region’s governor, Alexander Drozdenko, has imposed a state of heightened alert in the region.

Drone attack from Ukraine?

According to local portal Fontanka from St. Petersburg, witnesses report sounds that resemble explosions. The sounds should be heard twice. Journalists from the website write that drones have attacked the port. No one was injured.

As “Rz” recalls, Novatek – Ust-Luga is a complex for the fractionation and transshipment of stable gas condensate in the port of Ust-Luga on the Baltic Sea. In addition, the company processes stable gas condensate into light and heavy crude oil, a diesel fraction and a marine fuel component. Thanks to this, Russian fuels are transported by sea for export. The complex was commissioned and launched in 2013.

At the time of the attack, the terminal was loading a Panama-flagged gas tanker. In addition, three gas tankers from Belgium, Oman and Libya moored at the quay. Novatek still supplies its fuels to the EU market, and the biggest recipients are Belgium, Spain and France.

Source: Do Rzeczy