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Clean Russian oil reached Belarus five days after European ban because of contamination

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | April 29, 2019
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Russia   Countries on the network suspended oil imports via the Druzhba pipeline

Clean Russian oil had reached the border with Belarus by midday on Monday, five days after European refineries suspended imports because of contamination in the Druzhba pipeline.

Poland, Germany, Ukraine, Slovakia and other countries on the network suspended oil imports via the Druzhba pipeline after finding contaminants that can damage refinery equipment.

"As planned, at 1200 (0900 GMT) on April 29 oil... has reached ... the Druzhba pipeline's Unecha border station," Ilya Dzhus, spokesman for Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, said in a statement.

Belarus had earlier said that clean Russian oil had yet to reach its borders via the pipeline a major source of oil supply across Europe after tainted crude prompted several importers to halt flows last week.

State-run oil company Belneftekhim said that Belarusian refineries were still running at reduced capacity, though Moscow had said it would start pumping clean crude through the Druzhba network from Monday.

The Druzhba network supplies refineries as far west as Germany.

Moscow had also said on Friday that it would take two weeks to stabilise supplies across the Druzhba network, which has northern and southern pipeline spurs.


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