Aegina water main repaired after sabotage


Successfully completed the repair of an underwater pipeline supplying the island of Aegina with drinking water from the mainland. It was damaged in July by an explosive device attack, with the contractor sending an ROV to assess the damage and the Hellenic Coast Guard investigating.

Fortunately, the saboteurs made a mistake with the size of the charge, and the popular island in the Saronic Gulf was not left without water. Attica Governor Giorgos Patoulis said on Wednesday that “the services and leaders of the region are constantly on the alert and ready to fight acts of sabotage and sabotage, which we hope to avoid and which we condemn.” To demonstrate the successful repair, Patulis drank a glass of water from the repaired pipeline.

As we reported earlier, in mid-July, it became known about an unprecedented case when unknown people tried to blow up the underwater pipelinewhich supplies the island of Aegina water from the mainland. According to relevant investigations, sabotage occurred at a distance of 300 meters from the beach of Perani in Salamina.

In particular, on July 20, a representative of the contracting company was verbally informed by the administration of the port of Salamina that their service had received a complaint regarding the possible use of an explosive device in the sea area, where a branch of a buried underwater pipeline is located, while its operation continues as usual.

On Thursday, July 21, in accordance with the relevant orders of the Regional Governor of Attica G. Patoulis and Deputy Regional Governor of the Islands V. Theodorakopoulou-Bogri, the project contractor mobilized and sent a specialized group of divers with recording equipment and an underwater vehicle to the area in order to investigate the situation. At the same time, the Port Authority launched an appropriate investigation into the incident.

At a distance of 300 m from the coast of Perani (Salamina) and at a depth of 14.0 m, the protection of the pipeline was breached, with a small leakage of water into the sea, due to the use of explosives.

The protection of the pipeline in this place consists of a coating made of gravel, assembled with a high-strength plastic mesh into a kind of mats. In this case, the epicenter of the explosion was located at the junction between two adjacent layers of the coating.

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In addition, remnants of material were found, presumably being the ignition tube (fuse) from an explosive device. It is noted that the contractor continues a thorough investigation, recording the degree of importance of the detected damage in order to immediately begin repair work.

In particular, on July 20, a representative of the contracting company was verbally informed by the administration of the port of Salamina that their service had received a complaint regarding the possible use of an explosive device in the sea area, where a branch of a buried underwater pipeline is located, while its operation continues as usual.

On Thursday, July 21, in accordance with the relevant orders of the Regional Governor of Attica G. Patoulis and Deputy Regional Governor of the Islands V. Theodorakopoulou-Bogri, the project contractor mobilized and sent a specialized group of divers with recording equipment and an underwater vehicle to the area in order to investigate the situation. At the same time, the Port Authority launched an appropriate investigation into the incident.

At a distance of 300 m from the coast of Perani (Salamina) and at a depth of 14.0 m, the protection of the pipeline was breached, with a small leakage of water into the sea, due to the use of explosives.

The protection of the pipeline in this place consists of a coating made of gravel, assembled with a high-strength plastic mesh into a kind of mats. In this case, the epicenter of the explosion was located at the junction between two adjacent layers of the coating.

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In addition, remnants of material were found, presumably being the ignition tube (fuse) from an explosive device. It is noted that the contractor continues a thorough investigation, recording the degree of importance of the detected damage in order to immediately begin repair work.



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