According to business associations, the operator Rosneft has proposed a solution for the PCK refinery in Schwedt, Brandenburg, which is affected by the oil embargo against Russia.
Accordingly, Kazakh pipeline oil together with tanker oil from Rostock could probably ensure 100 percent of the continued operation of the plant from 2023, it said in a statement on Monday. Should all else fail, Russian oil must continue to flow through the Druzhba pipeline, the associations demanded.
In the statement, the interest group of the business associations in East Germany and Berlin, the business association Uckermark and the business association Brandenburg-Berlin expressed themselves after a conversation with Secretary of State for Economic Affairs Michael Kellner. Kazakh oil has been under discussion for Schwedt for some time. It would also come via the Druzhba pipeline but, unlike Russian oil, would not be affected by the EU embargo.
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At the moment, Schwedt, Uckermark and the PCK refinery see themselves as the victims of the government’s decision to stop using Russian oil from 2023, the business associations said. “The decisive factor is that PCK GmbH can continue to produce at full capacity from January 2023.” This is also necessary for security of supply in north-eastern Germany.