Eni Deutschland says it is not using Russian oil in Bayernoil refinery

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FRANKFURT, March 18 (Reuters) - Italian oil and gas company Eni said on Friday it was not using oil of Russian origin in operations related to its 20% share in the Bayernoil refinery in the Germany state of Bavaria.

Swiss firm Varo Energy, another shareholder in the Bayernoil refinery, said it had not entered into new deals to buy Russian oil since the start of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and did not plan to. It said previous contracts had expired.

The West has imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia over the invasion. The United States has banned Russian oil imports, while the European Union, which is more reliant on Russian fuel, has banned investments in Russia's energy sector.

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Some buyers, meanwhile, appear to be shunning Russian oil to avoid becoming entangled in sanctions.

"In 2022, Eni Deutschland as a shareholder of Bayernoil has not used Russian crude oil, nor is the use of Russian crude oil planned in the near future," a spokeswoman for Munich-based Eni Deutschland GmbH said in a written statement.

"At the moment, Eni Deutschland sources its supply share in the Bayernoil refinery via other crude oils," she said.

Bayernoil processes 10.3 million tonnes of crude per year to make products including gasoline, diesel, heating oil and bitumen at its Neustadt and Vohburg sites.

Alongside from Eni's 20% stake in Bayernoil, Varo Energy holds 51.4% and Russia's Rosneft owns 28.57%.

Rosneft did not reply to enquiries about Russian oil flows.

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Reporting by Vera Eckert in Frankfurt and Rowena Edwards in London; Editing by Tim Ahmann and Edmund Blair

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