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Russia's Tuapse oil refinery will not resume operations this month

(Reuters) - Rosneft-owned Tuapse oil refinery on the Black Sea will not resume operations this month, at the very least, sources, familiar with the maintenance schedule, told Reuters on Tuesday.

Rosneft, Russia's largest oil producer, did not reply to a request for immediate comment.

Russia has been beset in the past month by a number of refinery outages triggered by fires or suspected drone attacks, prompting authorities to reduce fuel exports to safeguard the domestic market.

Industry sources also said on Tuesday that Novatek will not resume gas condensate processing at its damaged complex at the Baltic Sea port of Ust-Luga this month.

A fire broke out at the export-oriented oil refinery in Tuapse on Jan. 25. The plant, which processes light grade, Siberian Light, has an annual capacity of 12 MMt (240,000 barrels per day).

It produces naphtha, fuel oil, vacuum gasoil and high-sulfur diesel, supplying fuel mainly to Turkey, China, Malaysia and Singapore.

In 2023, the plant processed 9.322 MMt (186,000 bpd) of oil.

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