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Druzhba oil contaminated in Czech but not in Slovakia

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European businesses   Unipetrol has stopped taking oil from the Druzhba pipeline

Czech oil refiner Unipetrol has stopped taking oil from the Druzhba pipeline due to chloride contamination detected at the Ukraine-Slovakia border, Czech officials said, but the Slovak pipeline operator denied contamination had been found.

“Unipetrol has stopped taking oil from the Druzhba pipeline due to detected contamination by chlorides. Further tests of samples are underway,” Pavel Svagr, the chief of Czech state strategic reserves, said on Twitter.

Slovak pipeline operator Transpetrol, which delivers Russian oil from Ukraine to the Slovak refinery owned by MOL and further to the Czech Republic, contradicted the report, saying it had detected no contamination.

The Czech Industry and Trade Ministry said one sample taken on the border between Slovakia and Ukraine showed “contamination by high content of chlorides” that made Unipetrol halt the acceptance of one batch of supplies.


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