In April this year, due to excessive organic chlorides found in crude oil, Russia urgently closed the Druzhba oil pipeline connecting the European market. According to the latest news on the 8th, the supply of crude oil in the European market has not been greatly affected, but Russian oil operators are scarred. Russia, which has always been proud of exporting reliable energy to Europe, may have encountered a problem this time.
According to the estimates of the Russian national oil pipeline transportation company Transneft, to date, a total of 22.2 million barrels of oil have been contaminated. The compensation of 15 US dollars will compensate the affected oil markets of various countries, and the compensation may be as high as hundreds of millions of dollars.
Therefore, after closing the pipeline, Transneft has been trying to remove the contaminated crude oil as soon as possible and restore the clean Crude oil supply. According to Transneft, normal supply will resume from July 1. However, after Transneft briefly resumed supply last month, Poland and the Czech Republic again detected excessive amounts of organochlorine in Russian crude oil For the same reason, the factory under Royal Dutch Shell also closed last Friday.Stop importing oil from Russia.
According to Russian standards, according to industry insiders,Transneft must check the content of organic chlorides every 10 days, and now the company has changed to daily testing, which also makes Transneft's operating costs significantlyincrease. It is not difficult to see that in order to get Druzhba this important supply channel back on track, Transneft has made a lot of efforts, but the results are still not satisfactory.
In this regard, the Oxford Energy Institute pointed out that the Druzhba incident exposed weak links in the Russian oil transportation system, and European refiners may try to diversify supply channels .
Obviously, the cost of a crisis caused by a pipeline pollution must be borne by the entire Russian oil industry. This is undoubtedly for Russia, which has made a fortune from energy exports. It was a big blow, but now it seems that this crisis is far from over.