October 2019, Vol. 246, No. 10

Global News

Clean-Up of Polish Section of Druzbha Pipeline Could Take a Year

The operator of the Polish section of the Druzbha oil pipeline said it could take up to a year to completely clean its part of the network after a major Russian oil contamination this year, the RIA news agency reported. 

About 500,000 tons of contaminated oil remain on Polish territory, Polish operator PERN said. 

The Russian Druzhba pipeline, which pumps 1 MMbpd of oil to western and eastern Europe, was found in mid-April to be contaminated with organic chlorides. 

Russia cleaned up the pipeline and restored supply a couple of months later. Transneft, the state oil pipeline monopoly, has promised to compensate energy companies for contamination-related losses. P&GJ

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