Poland to pipe oil to Ukraine?
PR dla Zagranicy
Ukrainians could be receiving crude oil from Poland’s Gdańsk if talks on the subject come to fruition.
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According to information gathered by Rzeczpospolita, plans to pipe oil via the Odessa-Brody line from Gdańsk have been going on for at least a decade.
The problem is that the pipeline has never reached Gdańsk. It was originally intended to carry crude oil into Poland from countries like Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. These plans never gathered enough traction with investors.
However, it seems that the crisis in Ukraine has raised interest in the potentials of the pipeline, specifically to pipe oil back into Ukraine.
“Oil does not have to flow from Azerbaijan via Ukraine into Poland,” said Marcin Moskalewicz, head of petroleum logistics firm PERN.
“In this way we could send oil into Ukraine from Poland,” he explained, adding that “If the EU wants to help Ukraine, it is not excluded that it is hoping to send not only gas, but also crude oil.
Rzeczpospolita says that Ukraine imports as much as 75 percent of the its petrol and diesel, while the only refinery still functioning in the country is running at only 30 percent of its potential. (rg)