2019.07.19 10:00

Lithuanian refinery may have imported contaminated Russian oil

BNS, 2019.07.19 10:00

The Polish-owned Orlen Lietuva may have brought dirty Russian oil to its refinery in northern Lithuania, BNS reports.

The oil, contaminated with organic chloride, may have been shipped from the Polish Baltic port Gdansk to Klaipėda in June by the tanker Mendeleev Prospect which sails under the Liberian flag.

The shipment was then allegedly loaded directly into Lietuvos Geležinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways) tank cars by the company Klaipėdos Nafta (Klaipėda Oil) and transported to Orlen's refinery in Mažeikiai.

BNS reports that Mendeleev Prospect was the only crude oil tanker to have arrived in Klaipėda throughout June.

Orlen Lietuva, Klaipėdos Nafta and Lietuvos Geležinkeliai have all refused to comment what the shipment was intended for and what kind of oil it contained.

Reuters reported in late June that Mendeleev Prospect was loaded with contaminated oil in Russia's Lust-Uga port on the Gulf of Finland.

Organic chloride is designed to boost output, but can destroy refining equipment. Buyers of the contaminated oil have been struggling to find end-users, offering it at discounted prices.

Mendeleev Prospect remained moored near Gdanks harbour since April 27, according to Reuters.