Poland has recorded a deterioration in the quality of oil received from Belarus via the Druzhba pipeline, reports Forsal citing the Polish pipeline operator PERN.
PERN received a fax from Gomeltransneft, which reported an increased content of organochlorine compounds in the raw materials, and later “noted this in crude oil that entered Poland”. PERN informed the Polish and German refineries about the decline in oil quality.
“We are monitoring the situation on an ongoing basis,” stated the operator.
The deterioration of the quality of Russian oil received from Belarus became known on April 19. The Belarusian national oil company Belneftekhim reported that organochlorine compounds in oil "exceed the limit tenfold." Mozyr Oil Refinery stated that their expensive equipment was damaged by the poor quality oil. Russian Transneft confirmed problems with the quality of raw materials and later reported that it had discovered a source of contamination in the Samara-Unecha pipeline section. The Belneftekhim management announced plans to demand compensation from the Russian company for the supply of low-quality raw materials.