Illegally installed oil pipeline demolished in Ingushetia

INGUSHETIA, November 4, Caucasus Times – An illegally installed pipeline has caused $100.000 damage to the republic oil industry. The illegal pipe was connected to the main Karabulak – Achaluky oil pipeline, Hussein Marzaganov, the Karabulak oil-extracting industry manager said in his interview with the local journalists Monday.

The illegal pipeline was detected in the vicinity of Karabulak during a regular patrol conducted by the FSB agents.

According to Mr. Marzaganov, the pipe was carefully installed and disguised. He was quoted as saying “the petroleum was extorted through the pipe connected to the main oil pipeline and concealed under the highway about 1 kilometer (0,62 mile) off the pipeline.

The company experts told, the illicit pipe was being exploited during at least 3 months. “We have increased oil extraction up to 40 tons since the pipe had been destroyed. It means the suspects had obtained at least 1.000 tons of petroleum, or about $100.000,” the oil company manager said.

Malika Suleymenova, Caucasus Times, Ingushetia

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