May 27, 2019 / 9:00 AM / 5 months ago

Belarus pumps out 80,000 tonnes of tainted oil towards Russia

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Belneftekhim company is seen at their headquarters in Minsk, Belarus April 26, 2019. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

MINSK (Reuters) - Belarus began pumping contaminated oil towards Russia on Friday and by the end of Sunday it had pumped out 80,000 tonnes of it, Belarus state energy company Belneftekhim said on Monday.

The country’s Mozyr oil refinery is working at planned capacity while the Novopolotsk oil refinery is still at a reduced capacity after oil via the Druzhba pipeline was contaminated last month, Belneftekhim said.

Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Maria Kiselyova

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