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Critical gas leak in NATO pipeline at gateway to Luxembourg

Critical gas leak in NATO pipeline at gateway to Luxembourg

Gas leak

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About 30,000 liters of kerosene spill during maintenance work in the German border town of Echternach

About 30,000 liters of kerosene spill during maintenance work in the German border town of Echternach

Firefighters from both countries were at the site of the gas leak on Wednesday

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Michael Merten and John Monaghan

About 30,000 liters of kerosene leaked from a ruptured NATO pipeline during maintenance work in a German town on the border with Luxembourg, German police said Wednesday.

The pipeline that supplies kerosene to parts of Luxembourg, including Findel, Finland’s only commercial airport, is located in the German village of Echtanachbürück on the Sauer River, directly across from the Luxembourg town of Echtanach.

A lock came loose during routine maintenance on Wednesday, resulting in a “meter-high fountain” of kerosene spurting out of the pipe, according to Bitburg-Prüm district management.

around it A total of 30,000 liters spilledTrier police said, but officials said there was no danger to residents.

Firefighters from both countries are currently working to fully secure the site. German media reported that a dike was built on the Sauer River to prevent pollution.

The pipeline runs through the front yards of residential neighborhoods like here in Fluxweiler

The pipeline runs through the front yards of residential neighborhoods like here in Fluxweiler

Guy Jarray

The Luxembourg part of the pipeline, built in the late 1950s to supply NATO airports with kerosene, starts in Echternach and goes via Osweiler, Bellburg, Flaxweiler and Ettlingen to Findel Airport.

In parts of Luxembourg, the fact that pipelines run under vegetable gardens and farmlands has led to accidental damage in the past.

In 1988, farmers trying to dig a drain ripped open a drainpipe, spilling thousands of liters of water into a field near Flaxweiler.

The official map is not published for security reasons, of luxembourg wort 2019 report, adding that the country’s highway administration is responsible for its maintenance. The Luxembourg military also conducts regular checks on the network, the report added.

This pipeline forms part of the so-called CEPS (Central European Pipeline System) from Antwerp to Munich via Frankfurt.

(Additional report by DPA)


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