Refinery receives first clean oil after Russian pipeline contamination

The PCK oil refinery at Schwedt in eastern Germany had started receiving clean Russian crude oil via the Druzhba pipeline, oil industry group MWV said after contamination issues had been disrupting flows since April.

PCK Schwedt was receiving some oil, yet not the full amount, a MWV spokesman said, adding full capacity would possibly be reached within days as pipeline capacity and supplies were being successively revved up.

He did not give any details about oil flows at the Leuna refinery which had also been affected by the pipeline halt.

Russian pipeline monopoly Transneft expects the Druzhba pipeline to resume full operations from July 1, TASS news agency reported on Friday. (Reporting by Vera Eckert, editing by Tassilo Hummel)

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