May 13, 2019 / 5:11 PM / 7 days ago

Poland sees no need to release more oil reserves

KATOWICE, Poland, May 13 (Reuters) - Poland’s energy minister said on Monday he saw no need to release more mandatory oil reserves after making some of them available to refineries following the suspension of deliveries of crude via a pipeline from Russia due to contamination.

The ministry said this month it had released 800,000 tonnes of crude from reserves to maintain regular output at Polish refineries.

“In my opinion this is sufficient for now and deliveries are being supplemented via Naftoport,” Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchorzewski told reporters.

He added the polluted oil was being partly mixed with clean oil and used in refineries.

“We have started cleaning the pipeline system of the contaminated oil,” the minister added. (Reporting by Wojciech Zurawski; Writing by Agnieszka Barteczko; Editing by Mark Potter)

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