UKRTRANSNAFTA HAD TO STOP DRUZHBA CRUDE TRANSIT SHIPMENTS
Ukraine’s oil pipeline operator Ukrtransnafta on Thursday night 25 April 2019 had to stopaccepting Russian Urals crude export blend from Belarus Gomeldruzhba colleagues and its pumping to the tank farms in Slovakia and Hungary (Budkovce and Feneshlitke, respectively), the company stated.
Belarus operator had to stop shipments at the Mozyr-Brody section completely. The Ukrainian operator took this step due to the lack of spare storage capacity on Slovak side, which had previously refused to accept low-quality Urals volumes. Another reason was the lack of spare capacity at the Hungarian tank farm in Feneslitke.
Previously, Poland also indefinite suspended Russian crude transit to Germany because of its quality. Belarus cried foul about crude quality arriving from Russia on the southern branch of the Druzhba export oil pipeline on 19 April 2019 after detecting very high content (220ppm) of chlorine organic in the crude flow.
Contaminated crude destroyed expensive heat exchangers at the primary crude distillation unit at 220,000 b/d Mozyr Oil Refinery. Transneft admitted the problems and pledged to stabilize the situation before the beginning of May.
Druzhba pipelines is trunk oil pipeline system shipping Russian export blend Urals to Belarus, Ukraine, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Poland and Germany.
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