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Russian Oil to Parts of Europe Suspended

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Russian oil flows to parts of Europe were halted after customers complained of unusual impurities in the crude, adding another disruption to the global oil market and pushing prices in London above $75 a barrel.

Poland, which receives oil through a northern section of the giant Druzhba pipeline, stopped Russian imports, saying shipments have become contaminated by organic chlorides. The halted section passes from Poland to Germany. Barrels were still flowing through a separate spur feeding several nations in eastern and central Europe.

“The level of contamination could cause physical damage to refining facilities,” Poland’s pipeline operator PERN SA said late Wednesday. Organic chlorides become hydrochloric acid during the refining process, damaging the plants.

The outage, which is very unusual, comes at a time when the global oil market is already short of supply of crude of similar quality to Urals. The combined impact of U.S. sanctions on Iran and Venezuela, OPEC+ production cuts, and lower-than-expected output in Mexico has reduced worldwide shipments of so-called denser, medium-heavy crude with high sulfur content.

Brent crude passed $75 a barrel for the first time since October. It was trading up 0.5 percent at $74.96 a barrel at 3 p.m. in London.

Short Supply

Organic chlorides are not naturally occurring and are used in upstream processes to boost output, “but must be removed before bringing crude parcels to market,” said Amrita Sen, chief oil analyst at consultant Energy Aspects Ltd.

The halted part of the pipeline delivered about 730,000 barrels a day of crude to Germany and Poland in the final five months of last year, Russian Energy Ministry data show. Flows to Germany via the link have also stopped, according to a person familiar with the matter.

In a sign that oil traders are scrambling for replacement barrels, the price difference between Brent crude for immediate delivery and the six-month forward contract surged to as much as $3.25 a barrel on Thursday, the widest spread in about five years. As much as 1.5 million barrels a day are at risk, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The contamination issues emerged late last week when Belarus, which sits between Russia and Poland, complained that its refineries could suffer damage. The pollution issue also affected flows via the port of Ust-Luga on Russia’s Baltic Sea coast, a person familiar with the matter said Wednesday. Poland’s biggest refiners, Grupa Lotos SA and PKN Orlen SA, said Thursday their productivity won’t be affected.

The Druzhba pipeline is a vital source of crude for Europe’s refineries handling roughly 1 million barrels a day. It divides in Belarus, with the southern section supplying refineries in countries including the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

Russia also exports from the port of Primorsk in the Baltic Sea, and Novorossiysk in the Black Sea. There’s no sign at this time that those shipments have been affected.

Technical Issues

Supplies of oil and refined products to the Polish market will be maintained from stockpiles until the situation is resolved, according to PERN, the pipeline operator. If the halt is prolonged, the refiners will import crude through the Gdansk port on the Baltic Sea, it said.

PKN Orlen said it anticipates the halt lasting one or two weeks. Issues with the quality of Russian crude supply are “technical” and should be resolved in “near future,” Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said Thursday.

Belarus told PERN about problems with the oil quality on April 19 and halted its exports of refined fuel. The country, which profits from processing Russian crude, is embroiled in a fight with its larger neighbor over an energy tax regime that it says could deprive its budget of billions of dollars.

Seaborne Option

Amid friction over Russia’s push for deeper economic and political integration, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko threatened earlier this month to close pipelines transporting Russian oil across his country for maintenance. Russia has said it may increase oil exports via sea if the Druzhba pipeline closes.

A spokesman for Russian pipeline operator Transneft PJSC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Ukraine’s state-run operator of oil pipeline and transit, said in a Facebook chat that flows are currently uninterrupted.

“There has been no improvement in the quality of Russian crude, it still does not correspond to the norms,” Marina Kostiuchenko, a spokeswoman for Belarusian state petrochemicals company Belneftekhim said by phone from Minsk. “Acceptable quality norms are exceeded several times, the situation has not improved.”

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79 Comments on "Russian Oil to Parts of Europe Suspended"

  1. Davy on Fri, 26th Apr 2019 7:24 pm 

    “When the President Of the US is known world wide as a compulsive lier*”

    Antius, ask bob about his hero Obama. He was a lying sack of shit.

  2. Davy on Fri, 26th Apr 2019 7:26 pm 

    Exceptiuonalturd, your DNA test showed you comprise a mix of pseudo–human, goat,”

    annoy, you are a stalker and not funny although you try hard at it. You are basically a dork. That is why makato and juanpee like you so much. A stalking dork appeals to them.

  3. Davy on Fri, 26th Apr 2019 7:31 pm 

    “Truth, how can you tell when a politician is lying?”

    makato, juanpee is truth buster or did you forget that too?

  4. Davy on Fri, 26th Apr 2019 7:32 pm 

    “BTW: We all have African genes Davy.”

    duh

  5. Davy on Fri, 26th Apr 2019 7:33 pm 

    “Good job neutering the dumbass (again) mak. 10/10.”

    LMFAO, the twink is complimenting his daddy. He is a little old for you isn’t he, annoy?

  6. makati1 on Fri, 26th Apr 2019 8:01 pm 

    Davy has to get down to the 3rd grade level to reply to his betters. Not a mature, intelligent rebuttal in years!

  7. makati1 on Fri, 26th Apr 2019 8:02 pm 

    BTW Davy, I don’t obsess over who is whom here, but your bullshit is always obvious. Only stalker Davy cares. No one else.

  8. Pete Bauer on Fri, 26th Apr 2019 8:05 pm 

    Oil is a dirty, poisonous and toxic fuel. When stored for long time, it becomes even more poisonous and this is a well know fact in Chemistry.
    Don’t want this dirty fuel, get ready to dump it and go for
    Electric vehicles.
    Methanol/Ethanol like Fuel
    Natgas in the form of CNG/LNG.
    So many good options are there.

  9. Pete Bauer on Fri, 26th Apr 2019 8:06 pm 

    Russia cannot keep subsidizing Belarus for long. Without Russian help, the corrupt government in Belarus will collapse.

  10. makati1 on Fri, 26th Apr 2019 8:09 pm 

    BTW also Davy, “way back” as in last century? I have pictures of my grand father’s grandfather. So what?

    I mentioned that I know all of my ancestors for the last 285+ years, but what does it matter? You are you and an arrogant asshole. Arrogant assholes come in any color and size so who cares what inbred line you are from? No one!

  11. makati1 on Fri, 26th Apr 2019 8:12 pm 

    Pete, there are no “good options” except giving up the life you are accustomed to and going back to real renewables, muscle power from plant and sunlight. Anything else, multiplied by 7,500,000,000 is not going to change the path to extinction we are on.

    All of your listed “good options” are dreams, not reality. Not one can exist without oil. Not one.

  12. Davy on Fri, 26th Apr 2019 8:22 pm 

    “Davy has to get down to the 3rd grade level to reply to his betters. Not a mature, intelligent rebuttal in years!”

    Translation: stutter and drool.

  13. Davy on Fri, 26th Apr 2019 8:24 pm 

    “BTW Davy, I don’t obsess over who is whom here, but your bullshit is always obvious”

    You are not clever enough to know who is whom except for your very best friends juanpee and annoy. You are losing your mental capacity makato. I can see you getting older and forgetful by the month. Maybe one day you will forget why you hate Americans so much.

  14. Davy on Fri, 26th Apr 2019 8:27 pm 

    “You are you and an arrogant asshole. Arrogant assholes come in any color and size so who cares what inbred line you are from? No one!”

    No you are puking childish insults makato. Be careful you might stoke out with all those raw emotions.

  15. Davy on Fri, 26th Apr 2019 8:29 pm 

    “All of your listed “good options” are dreams, not reality. Not one can exist without oil. Not one.”

    makato, then why are you always saying Asians will be fine and the westerners will be dead? LOL. Maybe your forgetfulness is causing you to speak the truth that we are all in this together.

  16. Davy on Fri, 26th Apr 2019 8:43 pm 

    Why do they hate me?

  17. makati1 on Fri, 26th Apr 2019 8:51 pm 

    Davy you are the biggest hypocrite on this site. Your immaturity, arrogance and delusional fantasies are only getting worse. You really need help. There are a lot of free mental clinics in Missouri. Try one.

  18. makati1 on Fri, 26th Apr 2019 9:00 pm 

    BTW Davy, the simple fact is that the power is moving East and the West is dying. No delusions. Fact!

    And, while we are on the same planet, that is the only similarity of the US to the Philippines.

    US Debt to GDP = 106%
    Ps Debt to GDP = 42%

    Add in US state and local government debt and it goes up and up, and then there is corporate debt and personal debt … and the number comes to about 170+% of GDP with trillions added every year. Not to mention unfunded SS, Medicare, etc adding more trillions all the time. The US is dying, Davy. Don’t you hear the screams? I do and I am 10,000 miles away.

  19. Anonymouse on Fri, 26th Apr 2019 9:13 pm 

    We’d all really appreciate it you would just ‘forget’ all about this place entirely Delusionalturd. No one would miss you, or your endless goatshit stories and claims, or the daily ranting & cut and paste turd salads that emanate from that deluded cranium of yours either.

    Better yet, you could check yourself into a mental hospital, that would work too. They’d pump you so full of Ritalin and Prozac you wouldnt want to log onto the internet even if the doctors would allow it.

    So please dumbass, do us a solid and forget all about this place. We promise to only mention you in passing, and only then, if we needed to reference and compare something really pathetic or obnoxious.

  20. The Church Lady on Fri, 26th Apr 2019 11:17 pm 

    Yes, indeed & in case DavyTurd failed to get the message:

    “We’d all really appreciate it you would just ‘forget’ all about this place entirely Delusionalturd. No one would miss you, or your endless goatshit stories and claims, or the daily ranting & cut and paste turd salads that emanate from that deluded cranium of yours either.”

  21. The Urgency of Now on Sat, 27th Apr 2019 2:51 am 

    THE ICE IS MELTING.

    LESS ICE MEANS MORE HEAT.

    Ice not only regulates global temperatures, it also reflects sunlight back out to space. So the more ice that melts, the more the dark surfaces of the ocean and ground are exposed. These darker surfaces absorb heat instead of reflecting it, creating a vicious cycle that puts even more heat into the oceans and increases the global warming effect. In just the past 5 years, the rate of ice volume loss has accelerated dramatically — doubling in Greenland and tripling in West Antarctica. THE SEAS ARE RISING.

    OCEANS ARE ACIDIFYING.

    ALIVE CORAL, NOW DEAD CORAL.

    JET STREAMS ARE CHANGING.

    The arctic is warming twice as fast as the mid-latitudes, and some experts believe this could be affecting the Polar Jet Stream – the undulating river of air in our atmosphere that drives weather patterns in the northern hemisphere. When the jet stream swings north it pulls warm air up from the tropics, and when it swings south it pulls down cold air from the Arctic. The jet stream flows west to east but it can get “trapped,” causing unusual phenomena like the “polar vortex” which recently built up a large and to more frequent and more extreme weather fronts like the prolonged zone of arctic air in the Midwestern U.S. In just the past decade, the number of trapped waves has doubled, leading to more frequent and more extreme weather fronts.
    HURRICANES ARE INTENSIFYING

    RIVERS ARE FLOODING.

    WATER IS VANISHING.

    Freshwater animals are vanishing faster than those on land or at sea.

    Lakes, swamps, and rivers make up less than 0.3 percent of fresh water and less than .01 percent of all the water on Earth. Yet these waters are home to as many as 126,000 of the world’s animal species, including snails, mussels, crocodiles, turtles, amphibians, and fish. Almost half the 30,000 known species of fish live in lakes and rivers, and many aren’t doing well; in North America, for instance, 39 percent of freshwater fish are imperiled, up from 20 percent only a few decades ago. Freshwater animals in general are disappearing at a rate four to six times as fast as animals on land or at sea. In the United States nearly half the 573 animals on the threatened and endangered list are freshwater species.

    That’s because freshwater ecosystems are so closely linked to human activity. Industry and agriculture are concentrated alongside flowing waters, and sooner or later the residue of virtually everything we do winds up running down the nearest creek—if we haven’t dried up the creek first. In the southwestern U.S., as in other arid parts of the world, wildlife must compete for water with a burgeoning human population. Neither the Rio Grande nor the mighty Colorado is more than a trickle at its mouth today.

    What would life be like without access to fresh, clean water? There are people – hundreds of millions of them – who today do not have clean water to drink without walking ten miles. Of course in primitive human society, women are the water carriers, and so usually it is they who struggle to find drinkable water. And how much can be carried back to the family? So the journey to water must be made every day. We might consider these people lucky because for others, there is no clean water to be found anywhere.

    What happens quite often when a river begins to dry up? Salt water runs into the mouth of the river and spreads. Or, like the Rio Grande and the Colorado, the mighty river is reduced to a small stream at the mouth and that emptiness, too, spreads.

    We of Space/Time Intelligence urge you to store water, keep it fresh by changing it from time to time. If you can arrange a hand-pump which works without electricity, that is good but the kind of pumps used in the modern day, cannot have a hand pump added, alas. Simply do your best you can for yourself and loved ones (animals included!), because, the upcoming most valuable commodity on Earth is – fresh water.

    Star people, this is Tibus. I come to you in love and light.
    I know that you as a star person are well aware of the list of global climate crisis we are about to offer. I am offering them (preceding pages) as the 8 Basic Earth Crises but there are many others (some related to these), just as urgent. I offer these 8 crises as a focus and wish to further communicate with you about our mission.

    Yes, we seek to stop crises and to help Mother Earth then heal, but if we perceive only this goal, we are not understanding enough and as time goes along, our hearts are in the right place but our sincere hopes and efforts can become platitudes simply because every day life demands so much from us.

    But, this is a matter of having a planet (albeit a magnificent planet), or having NO LIVEABLE PLANET at all.

  22. Not Davy on Sat, 27th Apr 2019 4:49 am 

    JuanP posted this

    Davy on Fri, 26th Apr 2019 8:43 pm

  23. Davy on Sat, 27th Apr 2019 4:52 am 

    “Davy you are the biggest hypocrite on this site. Your immaturity, arrogance and delusional fantasies are only getting worse.”

    Childish makato putdowns. Hypocrite

  24. JuanP sock on Sat, 27th Apr 2019 4:53 am 

    JuanP posted this

    The Church Lady on Fri, 26th Apr 2019 11:17 pm

  25. Davy on Sat, 27th Apr 2019 4:55 am 

    blah blah blaaaah, shut up makato if you are not going to be intellectual. We don’t have time for your old man rants.

    “And, while we are on the same planet, that is the only similarity of the US to the Philippines.”

  26. Davy on Sat, 27th Apr 2019 4:57 am 

    “We’d all really appreciate it you would just ‘forget’ all about this place entirely Delusionalturd.”

    The stupid stalking Kanadian millennial strikes again. I guess annoy is an obsessive compulsive and just can’t help himself.

  27. Davy on Sat, 27th Apr 2019 6:54 am 

    Why does everyone hate me?

  28. Not Davy on Sat, 27th Apr 2019 7:24 am 

    JuanP posted this

    Davy on Sat, 27th Apr 2019 6:54 am

  29. Davy on Sat, 27th Apr 2019 7:25 am 

    “Why does everyone hate me?”

    junapee, why do you hate yourself? Is it the grinding depression or the self loathing of a meaningless life?

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