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11/18/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/18/2021 09:41

Urals supplies to Poland increase after Druzhba works

Urals crude flows to Poland along the Belarusian section of the Druzhba oil pipeline system will increase today and tomorrow, following a short maintenance, to catch up with the planned monthly schedule, a source said.

Daily crude flows from Gomel via Belarus' 323,000 b/d Mozyr refinery to Adamowa Zastawa in Poland were reduced by 7pc as result of the maintenance, but there was no revision to the November shipment plan, according to Gomeltransneft, the operator of the Belarusian section of Druzhba.

Gomeltransneft, started a 48-hours maintenance at a pumping station in Gomel on 16 November. Russian pipeline operator Transneft said yesterday that it was unplanned, but Gomeltransneft later said the works were scheduled.

Druzhba, one of the world's biggest crude pipeline networks, carries Russian crude to Mozyr in Belarus, where it splits into a northern branch to Poland and Germany and a southern branch through Ukraine to Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

Urals exports to central Europe through the Druzhba system are scheduled at 747,000 b/d (3.12mn t) this month, 5pc lower than October. The November schedule includes around 127,000 b/d to Poland, down by 10pc on the month.

By Diana Mukhametzyanova and Anastasia Krasinskaya