Oil report

Total halts German refinery units for checks on contaminated Russian crude

PARIS, May 17 (Reuters) - French oil and gas major Total said on Friday that it had suspended operations at some units of the 230,000 barrel-per-day Leuna refinery in Germany for technical checks due to contamination affecting Russian crude supply.

“It is expected that operations will resume as early as Saturday, using alternative supply via Gdansk (in Poland),” the company said in a statement.

“With the continuing problems in connection with the Druzhba pipeline, the capacity of the refinery will remain limited,” it said, adding that efforts would be made to limit the effect on the supply of petrol, diesel and heating oil to clients.

Russia’s oil export flows have been disrupted since April when high levels of organic chloride were found in crude pumped via the Druzhba pipeline to the Baltic port of Ust-Luga and other European countries.

Reporting by Bate Felix Editing by Gus Trompiz