In four ports of the Leningrad region – in Vyborg, Vysotsk, Primorsk and Ust-Luga, a state of heightened readiness was introduced due to “the increased level of emergency situations of man-made nature due to attacks by unmanned aerial vehicles of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.” “Interfax” writes about this with reference to documents published on the website of the Baltic Sea Port Administration.
On January 21, a fire broke out at the terminal of the NOVATEK company in the port of Ust-Luga. The company reported a drone attack. Ukrainian sources claimed that this was an SBU operation. On January 31, a downed air defense drone fell in St. Petersburg on the territory of the Nevsky Mazut company.
In January, in addition to the NOVATEK terminal in Ust-Luga, processing was suspended at the Rosneft plant in Tuapse in the Krasnodar Territory, where a fire also occurred as a result of an attack by Ukrainian drones. These two enterprises account for almost five percent of the average daily rate of primary oil processing in Russia.
After their stop, these volumes decreased in a week to five and a half million barrels per day, reports Bloomberg with reference to a source familiar with the industry data. This is a record low indicator for the last two months. According to the agency’s estimates, oil refining volumes decreased by 135,000 barrels per day relative to the average values for December.
Kommersant sources also confirmed the information about the decrease in oil refining rates in Russia after the drone attacks. According to their data, in January primary oil refining was reduced by almost four percent compared to the same month last year, to 748 thousand tons per day.
In recent weeks, according to Bloomberg, the attacks on oil refining and export enterprises have become more destructive, which, according to the agency’s analysts, threatens Russia’s ability to supply fuel to foreign and domestic markets.