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Illegal fuel obtaining ways differ in Latvia, and according to fuel dealers, may comprise 30% of Latvia’s domestic gas market.

Fuel is stolen from trains or LatRosTrans (LRT) diesel fuel pipeline, brought over the border, purchased from long-distance drivers’ stocks, as well as through usual contraband, reports the newspaper Diena.

«During the ten months of 2010, the State Revenue Service (SRS) Customs Audit Board and Customs Criminal Investigation Board employees have confiscated 9262.31 litres of fuel, of which more than 80% was diesel fuel,» informed the SRS Communications Department, noting that usually the seized fuel amount ranges from 100 to 750 litres, but on average 165 litres are withdrawn from one infringement case. Most often the fuel is imported from Russia, by road transport; namely, the smugglers try to secretly import fuel by installing additional non-standard fuel tanks in their cars.

Another illegally-traded fuel source is theft from LRT controlled pipeline to Ventspilis. The company’s spokeswoman Zane Bojāre recognises that there are constant attempts to connect to the pipeline illegally, besides «these connections always pose a threat to the environment». However, the spokeswoman claims that the fuel losses have reduced in the recent time, not increased, because a new approach to the pipeline supervision has been introduced, and several thieves have been caught. Yet, she also admits that it is almost impossible to completely eradicate fuel theft: «Thieves are increasingly innovative and always find new ways to connect to the pipeline.»


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  1. Miiii says:

    Of course, why buy, if it’s easier to steal.

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  2. Dina says:

    I guess, the necessity presses the thieves to think of new ways…

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