Energy giant Orlen has requested annual deliveries of three million tons of crude next year, the daily reports
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Poland plans to continue buying Russian oil in 2023 via the “Druzhba” (Friendship) pipeline, despite vows from the country’s authorities to abandon imports from the sanctioned country, the Moscow daily Kommersant reported on Wednesday.
Major Polish oil refiner and retailer Orlen has sent a bid to Russian oil and gas transportation company Transneft to receive three million tons of oil through the Druzhba pipeline in 2023, the outlet reported, citing a source in Poland.
Transneft has confirmed the order without specifying which companies it came from and the requested volumes.
On December 5, an EU embargo on Russian crude oil and petroleum products comes into force. And even though it will not be applied to deliveries via the Druzhba pipeline, Germany and Poland, which receive oil through the northern branch of the pipeline, have officially announced that they will voluntarily give up Russian oil from the beginning of 2023.
Kommersant has pointed out that the Polish oil company has active long-term contracts with Transneft and rnoted that the country’s foreign minister Zbigniew Rau had said on November 14 that Orlen risks paying a penalty in case of a unilateral withdrawal from the agreement.