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German refinery halts Russian oil imports over contamination

July 10/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) - The PCK refinery in eastern Germany has halted imports of Russian oil via the Druzhba pipeline after once again finding “slightly elevated” levels of organic chlorides, the refinery’s owner Shell told Handelsblatt newspaper on Friday, reported Reuters.

The pipeline, which brings oil from deep inside Russia to much of eastern and central Europe, has been plagued by a contamination crisis that disrupted flows from the world’s second-largest exporter of crude.

Organic cholorides are used in oil production but can damage refinery equipment if not removed.

In April, Transneft, the pipeline’s owner, pumped some 5 million tonnes of contaminated oil through its pipelines, forcing refineries throughout much of central and eastern Europe to suspend or reduce production at a cost of billions of euros.

As MRC informed before, Russia’s state pipeline monopoly Transneft will compensate all parties for losses incurred from contaminated oil, but they must prove the damage, a government official said in May 2019, as the first European refinery declared force majeure.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:Europe, crude and gaz condensate, Transneft, Germany, Russia.
Category:General News
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