Russia is talking with Ukraine, Poland and Belarus to contaminate its crude oil that Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine and Belarus have broken their portions of the Druzhba pipeline before the start of this week, Reuters reported. The discussion will focus on the removal of spoiled oil from the pipeline.
The problem has tightened relations between Moscow and Minsk, as Belarus was the first to release troubled oil last week, warning that it could damage the refinery equipment. The oil is contaminated with organic chlorine, a substance used in the production of oil to increase production, but dangerous in large quantities for refining equipment. The amounts of the chemical were set at a level much higher than the maximum allowable amount.
The TASS report quoted Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak yesterday as saying that Belarus will be provided with clean oil on Monday, adding that "a significant part of poor quality oil has already been evacuated into tanks in Russia."
The official also said: "The issue of compensation has not been raised so far. This question was raised about the need to increase the indicative balances on the supply of petroleum products in the domestic market.
Although a rare occurrence, oil pollution can have long-lasting effects on European refineries, since not all of them have enough oil in the repository to continue to work as usual. The refined industry in Germany is fine for now with enough reserves, but Polish oil refiners could face some challenges in finding alternative stocks of crude oil.
The Druzhba pipeline, which runs from Russia to Germany with branches in the countries of the road, has the capacity to carry up to one million barrels of raw daily. However, contamination has also been found in cargo tankers loaded at Ust Luga port.
According to sources for trading with Reuters, at least five ships belonging to Rosneft, Surgutneftegaz and Kazakh companies sailed from the terminal with contaminated cargo. Buyers of loads include Total, Trafigura, Vitol and Equinor.
By Irina Sloven for Oilprice.com
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