The fire at Novatek’s terminal in Ust-Luga, according to preliminary data, occurred due to “external influence.”

“Tonight, there was a fire at production facilities at the Novatek-Ust-Luga. According to preliminary information, the fire was the result of an external action,” the Russian state-owned domestic news agency Ria said cited information from Novatek, a large natural gas producer in Russia.

It was reported that the fire at the terminal in Ust-Luga was localized. “Currently, the fire is localized.” There were no casualties, and the damage will be assessed later.

The causes of the fire currently remain unknown.

“There are no reported casualties as a result of a fire at Novatek’s terminal in the port of Ust-Luga. The staff was evacuated… A high alert regime has been introduced in the Kingisepp district,” Governor Alexander Drozdenko stated.

The governor added that the Russian Emergencies Ministry and local firefighting units were at the scene to put out the fire, the Russian state-owned news agency TASS reports.

The Shipping Telegraph could not independently verify the reports, and the details of what happened.

The Russian Ministry of Defense did not report any drone activity in the area in its daily briefing.