CPC shutdown: another energy setback for the EU

August 26, 2022

A few days after the announcement of another shutdown of NS1, RF warned about a 70% reduction in the capacity of the CPC pipeline, through which Kazakh oil is transported to the European market.

By "mere coincidence", this announcement was made public right after Tokayev's meeting with the Kremlin terrorist. And this is not the first time that this pipeline fails immediately after the contact of that vampire with the leader of Kazakhstan (more in the first comment).

So, the official "explanation" is now confined to cracks in the subsea hose assemblies on two of the three remote mooring devices.

In fact, the mentioned defect van be rectified quite easily, and a fastening unit is a common consumable.

I will comment on it from the engineer's point of view.

Due to the peculiarities of the seabed, supertankers are loaded with oil with the help of remote mooring devices.

First, the ship is anchored, then the mooring cable is installed, and after that, the sleeves of the floating hoses are connected to the remote mooring devices, which rotate around their axis (like a bearing) - this does not create tension and, accordingly, additional load on the fastening units.

These remote mooring devices are then connected by underwater hoses to the buoyancy tank, situated underwater and presenting kind of oil storage. This tank is connected through the same sleeves of underwater hoses to an underwater manifold (hydraulic flow regulator), to which an oil pipeline with a diameter of more than 1 m is actually connected.

In general, the underwater and surface parts are designed with maximum flexibility, creating minimum load on the fastening units of the underwater sleeves, which are also routinely replaced twice a year.

So, the whole story with the repair of the CPC, as well as NS1, is nothing but a far-fetched excuse for the sick man’s revenge on the civilised world.


Maksym Bielawski

Leading Expert, Energy Programmes

Born in 1986 in Zhytomyr oblast


Zhytomyr State Technological University (2008)

Ph.D in Technical Science (2010)

Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas (2012)

Author of 17 patents and 100 scientific works

Work Experience:

2008 – 2011 — Operator of Gas Infrastructure Units, Controller of Gas Transmission System in Rivne Division of PJSC "Ukrtransgas"

2011 – 2017 — Leading Engineer, Deputy Head of Press-Service, Head of Public Relation Department of PJSC "Ukrtransgas"

2017 – 2018 — HR Director of PJSC "Maine Gas Pipelines of Ukraine", Advisor to the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine

2021 — Director of Integrated Communications of NJSC "Naftogaz of Ukraine"