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Czech official says Unipetrol again not taking Druzhba oil due to contamination

June 26/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Czech oil refiner Unipetrol, a unit of Polands PKN Orlen, has stopped taking oil from the Druzhba pipeline from Russia due to chloride contamination, reported Reuters with reference to the chief of Czech state strategic reserves' statement on Twitter on Monday.

"Unipetrol has stopped taking oil from the Druzhba pipeline due to detected contamination by chlorides. Further tests of samples are underway," Pavel Svagr said.

A spokesman for Unipetrol was not immediately available for comment.

News agency CTK earlier quoted Czech Industry and Trade Minister Karel Havlicek as saying an increased level of contamination had been measured in the Druzhba pipelines southern branch.

As MRC wrote earlier, in April 2019, Unipetrol trusted its engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract to McDermott International for its Litvinov refinery in Czech Republic. Under the contract, McDermott will be responsible to provide EPCM services for the upgrade of a hydrocracking unit at the Litvinov refinery.

Unipetrol , a.s. is a group of companies operating in the petrochemical industry in the Czech Republic. In 2005 Unipetrol became a part of the PKN ORLEN Group, the largest oil processor in Central Europe. The UNIPETROL Group is oriented mostly towards oil processing, fuel distribution and petrochemical production. In all of these business areas the Unipetrol Group is among the key players both in the Czech Republic and on the Central European market. The Group ranks among the leading firms in the Czech Republic in terms of its revenues, and employs almost 4,000 people.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:crude and gaz condensate, petrochemistry, PKN Orlen, Unipetrol, Russia, Czech Republic.
Category:General News
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