About 10 tankers loaded with dirty oil are located in different parts of Europe. Due to the fact that nobody wants to buy and receive it, tankers cannot ship oil.
Major buyers such as Eni, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, PKN and Repsol refuse to buy oil.
“This is a catastrophe and a huge blow to the image of Russia as a reliable supplier. We hear promises from the Russian government that the problem will soon be solved, but nothing has happened so far”, said a major buyer of Russian oil. Trading companies declined to comment.
According to statements by Energy Minister Olexander Novak, “clean” Russian oil had to arrive at the Baltic port of Ust-Luga on May 8. But about 5 sources reported that the level of organic chlorine in Ust-Luga remains high – about 60-75 ppm at a rate of 10-15 ppm.
“I asked our processing specialist if we can buy this oil”. He said that there are big risks for equipment”, said a source at a company buying Urals (Russian mark of export oil – ed.) in the Baltic to be supplied to refineries in Europe.
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