Russia experiences a gas pipeline explosion.

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Three people were killed in an explosion on a stretch of a natural gas pipeline in western Russia that was headed for Europe, but supplies for export were unaffected, according to officials.

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MUSCAT — Three people were killed in an explosion on a portion of a natural gas pipeline in western Russia on Tuesday,

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but there was no impact on export supplies, according to officials.

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A segment of the Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhhorod pipeline in the Chuvashia area was destroyed by the explosion while being repaired.

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The explosion that shot a massive plume of burning gas high into the air claimed the lives of three repair workers and injured one, according to regional authorities.

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One of the main routes for Russian gas exports to the EU countries is the pipeline that starts at a gas field in Siberia and travels through Ukraine on its way to Europe.

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Oleg Nikolayev, the governor of Chuvashia, said in statements shown on television that it was unclear how long it would take to repair the pipeline portion damaged by the explosion.

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The state-controlled natural gas monopoly in Russia, Gazprom, said that the blast had no impact on gas transit volumes because supplies had continued via parallel routes.

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