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Russia halts pipeline oil supplies to Poland, PKN Orlen CEO says

Reuters WORLD
Published February 25,2023
The logo of PKN Orlen, Poland's top oil refiner, is pictured at a petrol station in Warsaw, Poland, April 25, 2019. (REUTERS)

Supplies of Russian oil to Poland via the Druzhba pipeline have halted, Daniel Obajtek, chief executive officer of Polish refiner PKN Orlen, said on Saturday.

"We're effectively securing supplies. Russia has halted supplies to Poland, for which we are prepared. Only 10% of crude oil has been coming from Russia and we will replace it with oil from other sources," Obajtek wrote on Twitter.

PKN Orlen said it could fully supply its refineries via sea and that the halt in pipeline supplies would not impact deliveries of gasoline and diesel to clients.

As of February, after a contract with Russia's Rosneft expired, Orlen has been getting oil under a deal with Russia's Tatneft.

Druzhba has been exempted from the sanctions which the European Union has imposed on Russia following its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

The pipeline, which supplies oil to Poland and Germany, as well as to Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia, was excluded from sanctions to help countries with limited options for alternative deliveries.