Massive oil leak from Kaluga refinery after drone attack on May 10

Fire at the First Plant refinery in Kaluga Oblast on May 10
Fire at the First Plant refinery in Kaluga Oblast on May 10

Five tons of oil leaked from the fire-damaged oil pipeline at the Pervyi Zavod (First Plant) oil refinery in Russia's Kaluga Oblast after overnight drone attack on May 10, the Russian Telegram channel Astra reported on May 13.

One of the attack drones hit the plant's refining equipment. Three fuel tanks caught fire.

No one was injured in the attack, according to the report.

On May 10, a source within military intelligence told NV that the Main Intelligence Directorate (HUR) of Ukraine's Ministry of Defense had attacked the refinery, which resulted in damage to the AVBT-101 atmospheric vacuum tube installation, three diesel fuel tanks, and one oil tank.

Kaluga governor Vladislav Shapsha later confirmed that a drone crash caused the fire at the plant. According to Shapsha, there were no casualties.

First Plant is Kaluga Oblast’s largest petrochemical enterprise, located in the village of Polotnyany Zavod. The plant processes commercial oil and gas condensate.

This refinery was also targeted by drones on March 15. Kaluga is about 350 kilometers from the Ukrainian border.

Attacks on Russian refineries

Ukraine has regularly targeted oil refineries in Russia with long-range drones since the end of January.

Ukraine's SBU Security Service has carried out at least 13 successful attacks on Russian refineries, SBU head Vasyl Malyuk said.

As a result, oil production and processing in Russia decreased by 12%, he said, adding that oil export revenues make up one-third of the Russian budget and the "lion's share" of the military budget.

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It is known that the following facilities have been targeted:

  • Tuapse oil Refinery on Jan. 24

  • Volgograd oil Refinery on Feb. 3

  • Afip oil Refinery on Feb. 9

  • Ilya oil Refinery on Feb. 9

  • Lukoil-Nizhny Novgorodnefteorgsintez Plant on March 12

  • Ryazan oil Refinery on March 13

  • Kaluga oil Refinery on March 15

  • Syzran oil Refinery on March 16

  • Kuibyshevsk oil Refinery on March 16

  • Slavyansk oil Refinery on March 17

  • Novokuibyshevsk oil Refinery on March 23

  • TANECO oil Refinery on April 2

  • Ilsky oil Refinery on April 27

  • Slaviansk-ECO oil Refinery on April 27

  • Ryazan oil Refinery on May 2

  • Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat, May 9.

Russia is running out of gasoline due to drone attacks on oil refineries, Politico reported on April 30.

The price of diesel fuel for Russian consumers has increased by almost 10% in a week.

Gasoline prices in Russia have increased by 20% since the beginning of the year.

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