KHANTY-MANSIYSK, March 7 – RIA Novosti. A possible cause of a fire on the Ob River after an accident on a pipeline near Nizhnevartovsk (Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug) could be a spark from a fishing snowmobile, the Surgut administration told reporters.
“According to the preliminary version, the fire occurred from the spark of the Buran snowmobile, on which the fishermen were moving,” the mayor's office said, and also recommended that residents temporarily abandon fishing in the Ob water area and refrain from going out on the ice of the river.
In addition, the website of the regional government reports that pollutants exceeding the maximum permissible concentration were not found in the air after the accident on the pipeline near Nizhnevartovsk (Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug).
“Checks (air samples) are underway in Surgut, Nizhnevartovsk and Nefteyugansk … Pollutants exceeding the maximum permissible concentration have not been detected,” the regional government informs with reference to the Khanty-Mansiysk Center for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring.
The Governor of Ugra, Natalya Komarova, on her page in the social network “VKontakte” clarified that the results of water samples will be received within three days. She also noted that the administration of Megion, a city adjacent to Nizhnevartovsk, had checked drinking water for organoleptic indicators – no violations were found.
Earlier, the head of Rosprirodnadzor, Svetlana Radionova, informed that on Saturday a fire was discovered in the Ob water area near Nizhnevartovsk in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, presumably, there was an accident on an underwater pipeline. According to Radionova, inspectors of the service will arrive at the scene to establish the causes of the emergency and assess the harm to the environment.
The company “SiburTyumenGaz” specified that on the underwater section of the product pipeline “a wide fraction of light hydrocarbons passed through”, a short-term fire occurred. The site is promptly localized, from the place of fire to the nearest settlement about 44 kilometers, there are no risks to the population and the environment.
The fact that the fire at the site of the blast has been completely eliminated, regional authorities announced on Sunday. In addition, the relevant departments have been instructed to organize patrols at the site of the fire in order to prevent citizens, in particular, fishermen, from entering this zone. Experts qualified the situation as a technological incident, the consequences of which the company will eliminate on its own. Water samples are being taken in order to assess the damage to the environment.
As the general director of SiburTyumenGaz, Alexander Teplyakov, said earlier, there are no risks of re-ignition, Rostekhnadzor has launched an investigation aimed at establishing the causes of the incident. According to him, the technological regime at the enterprises of the company is regular. Gas processing products are transported from the Nizhnevartovsk GPP to the Yuzhno-Balyk head pumping station through the main gas product pipeline.
A source in the local emergency services told RIA Novosti that one person was injured in the fire, he had burns, hospitalization was not needed. This information was confirmed on Sunday by the District Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, stressing also that a procedural check was scheduled. The incident is also being checked by the regional prosecutor's office, which plans to establish the circumstances of the incident, the damage to the environment and those responsible for the incident.