Russia has stopped oil supplies to Poland via the Druzhba pipeline, the chief executive of Polish refiner PKN Orlen said on Saturday, adding that the company would use other sources to fill the shortfall. (Also read: Explained: Three scenarios that could end the Russia-Ukraine war)
Supplies stopped via pipeline – which has been exempted from sanctions imposed on Russia by the European Union after a full-scale invasion of Russia Ukraine – The day after Poland delivered the first Panther tank to Ukraine.
“We are effectively securing supply. Russia has stopped supplying Poland and we are prepared for that. Only 10% of crude oil comes from Russia and we will replace it with oil from other sources,” PKN Orlen CEO Daniel Obajtek tweeted. Special wrote.
The company said it could fully supply its refineries by sea, and that disruptions in pipeline supplies would not affect gasoline and diesel deliveries to customers.
As of February, Orlen had been receiving oil under an agreement with Russian oil and gas company Tatneft after the contract with Russia’s Rosneft expired.
Tatneft and Russian oil pipeline monopoly Transneft did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
after supply stops US President Joe Biden visits Warsaw and Kyiv This week expressed support for Ukraine, a year after the invasion.
On Friday, the European Union agreed on a 10th round of sanctions against Russia.
Oren stopped buying Russian oil and fuel by sea after the invasion of Ukraine and before the European Union imposed an embargo on seaborne supplies from Russia.
The current supply mix includes oil from West Africa, the Mediterranean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico, the company said. It also has a supply contract with Saudi Aramco until 2022.
Shipments arrive in Poland via Naftoport, an oil terminal in Gdańsk on the Baltic Sea. It can receive 36 million tons of oil a year, more than Polish refineries can process, and is used in part to supply oil to a refinery linked to Druzhba in eastern Germany.
Mateusz Berger, secretary of state for strategic energy infrastructure, said: “Given the capacity of Naftoport and the fact that we have other routes for imported motor fuel, customers will not feel any impact, and Orlen has been preparing for this for several months” via The phone told Reuters.