April 26, 2019 / 11:07 AM / 2 months ago

Czech republic not receiving Russian oil shipments -CTK

PRAGUE, April 26 (Reuters) - The Czech Republic is not receiving Russian crude oil shipments via the Druzhba pipeline, CTK news agency reported on Friday, as a supply problem caused by contaminated oil spread.

The head of the Czech Administration of State Material Reserves (SSHR) told CTK there were 250,000-300,000 tonnes of contaminated crude in the pipeline.

It said the Litvinov refinery owned by Unipetrol had inventories for seven days.

“If the normal flow is not renewed within seven days then there are only two options left. Either the refinery will shut down, or there will be a solution using material reserves,” SSHR Chairman Pavel Svagr was quoted as saying.

The SSHR, Unipetrol and state pipeline operator Mero were not available for immediate comment. (Reporting by Robert Muller; editing by Jason Neely)

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