Azerbaijan-Russia Natural Gas Pipeline Hit by Explosion, Fire

An explosion hit the Mozdok-Gazimagomed pipeline carrying natural gas from Azerbaijan to southern Russia, causing a fire.

The blast late yesterday in Azerbaijan’s Shamakhi District section of the pipeline resulted from a gas leak, the state gas distribution company, Azariqaz, said on its website. No casualties were reported, and the fire has been extinguished, the company said.

Nizamaddin Quliyev, a spokesman for State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan, or Socar, said that gas supplies to Russia were not affected.

The explosion was powerful enough to be heard in neighboring districts, the private ANS television channel said, citing its reporter in the area.