MOL: Technical Disruption of Ukraine Oil Deliveries ‘Not Significant’
MTI-Hungary Today 2019.05.21.
Hungarian oil and gas company MOL said there was “no significant technical disruption” after reports that Ukraine has suspended its oil supply to the European Union due to technical problems on MOL’s side.
Ukraine’s UkrTransNafta said on Facebook that on Monday it had resumed oil flows to the EU via the Druzhba (Friendship) pipeline after suspending them last month due to contamination. The company said it pumped some 4,000 tonnes of oil in the direction of Europe before MOL indicated it was experiencing technical problems.
UkrTransNafta has said it would resume supplies once the Hungarian side confirmed that it was ready to receive the oil.
A number of refineries in Europe suspended oil imports via the Druzhba pipeline on April 19 after it was found to contain high levels of organic chloride, a material used to boost oil output which must be separated before shipment, as it can severely damage refining equipment.
Ukraine suspended deliveries through the Druzhba pipeline on April 25.
MOL said in a statement on Monday that it had agreed to receive and store 100 kilotonnes of contaminated oil. The company said it has started receiving the oil and plans to be ready to start receiving clean oil later this week.