Belarus has suspended oil pumping in the direction of Poland for four days for scheduled work on the Druzhba pipeline. This was announced to reporters by the advisor to the president of Transneft, press secretary Igor Demin.
"From 12:00 today, Gomeltransneft stops transportation for 96 hours in the direction of Adamova Zastava to carry out routine maintenance at the Belarusian section of Druzhba," said Mr. Demin (quoted by Interfax).
The last time the Druzhba oil pipeline was planned to be shut off at the Mikhalkovo-Brody section for four days in November 2020 to launch this section in the reverse direction for pumping volumes to the Mozyr refinery from the Ukrainian port of Yuzhny.
On June 8, it was reported that Russian Transneft is adjusting the schedule of oil supplies via the Druzhba pipeline due to a decrease in pumping in Slovakia amid technical problems with one of the consumers.
The Druzhba oil pipeline provides oil supplies to Belarusian refineries and its transit to Europe. The pipeline originates in the Samara region, passes through Bryansk and then branches into two sections: northern and southern, passes through Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania.
At the end of May, the Polish Council of Ministers banned Belarusian air carriers from flying in the country's airspace because of the incident with an emergency landing of a Ryanair aircraft. It should also be noted that against this background, the EU Foreign Ministers did not rule out the imposition of sanctions against the chemical and oil refining sectors of Belarus.