Viewing cable 06VILNIUS939
Title: LARGE FIRE BLAZES AT LITHUANIA'S OIL REFINERY

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06VILNIUS9392006-10-12 14:12:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/11/2016 
TAGS: ENRG EPET PREL LH RS
SUBJECT: LARGE FIRE BLAZES AT LITHUANIA'S OIL REFINERY 
 
REF: VILNIUS 891 AND PREVIOUS 
 
Classified By: POL/ECON Section Chief Rebecca Dunham for reasons 1.4 (b 
) and (d) 
 
¶1. (U) Local press reported on October 12 that a fire had 
broken out at Lithuania's Mazeikiu Nafta oil refinery (MN) at 
approximately 1430 local time.  The report said that the fire 
was "very big" and that it could be seen from several 
kilometers away.  The report also said, however, that only 
one unit had caught fire and that other parts of the refinery 
continued to operate. 
 
¶2. (C) Saulius Pocevicius, MN's Security Manager, told us at 
1645 local that: 
 
     - the fire has been put out, 
     - there were no deaths or serious injuries, and 
     - the fire was "big." 
 
He also said that it appeared that the fire was an accident, 
not the result of sabotage.  Pocevicius added that MN's 
General Director, Nelson English, was cutting short a 
business trip abroad to return to Lithuania on October 13. 
 
¶3. (C) Saulius Specius, adviser to the PM on economic matters 
and one of the GOL's negotiators on the sale of MN to 
Poland's PKN Orlen, told us that the timing of the fire -- so 
close to the conclusion of PKN's deal to buy MN -- was 
"rather suspicious."  He did not have any hard evidence at 
this point to suggest whether the fire was the result of 
accident or sabotage. 
 
¶4. (C) COMMENT:  This will be a major media story over the 
next several days, and there will be intense speculation 
about whether this fire was accidental or the result of 
sabotage, presumably by Russian oil interests trying to 
thwart the PKN-MN deal.  Right now, it is too early to say. 
We will follow events closely. 
KELLY