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23 October 2020, 19:43

Power outage blamed for suspension of oil transit from Belarus to Poland

MINSK, 23 October (BelTA) – Oil transit from Belarus to Poland was previously suspended due to a damaged power line, TASS quoted Katarzyna Krasinska, a spokesperson for PERN (the company in charge of operating oil pipelines in Poland), as saying.

A power line that feeds electricity to PERN's oil tank farm in Miszewko Strzalkowskie was damaged in the morning on 23 October. Oil pumping in the northern section between Gdansk and Plock was temporarily suspended as a result while intake from the eastern section was reduced. Oil deliveries from Belarus were temporarily suspended, too.

Crude oil was transported to an oil refinery in Plock in that period.

Power supply has been fully restored since then. Uninterrupted operation of the system has been secured, the PERN spokesperson assured.

BelTA reported earlier that oil transit to Poland via Belarus using the Mozyr-Brest trunk line was resumed after a brief suspension. Poland had previously requested a suspension of oil transportation via the Mozyr-Brest trunk line due to technical problems.

The Mozyr-Brest trunk line is part of the Druzhba oil pipeline system and is used for transit of Russian oil to Poland and then to other European countries.

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The spokesman said: “The Polish side has fixed the problems. Transit is being restored. The oil pipeline operators are starting to move oil.” The Mozyr-Brest trunk line is part of the Druzhba oil pipeline system and is used for transit of Russian oil to Poland and then to other European countries.

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