PKN’s Polish refinery cuts crude oil purchases from Russia

WARSAW, April 12 (Reuters) – Poland’s biggest oil firm, PKN Orlen, said on Friday it had roughly halved the share of Russian crude refined at its Polish plant in recent years by increasing deliveries from alternative sources.

State-run PKN, whose Polish plant’s crude intake used to be almost exclusively from Russia, started to buy supplies elsewhere a few years ago as part of a plan to reduce reliance on Russian deliveries.

The refinery, in Plock, receives around 1.4 million tonnes of crude per month, 700,000 tonnes of which comes from non-Russian sources, including 300,000 tonnes from Saudi Arabia based on a contract with state oil giant Saudi Aramco.

The refinery also takes crude from Norway, Angola and Nigeria, PKN said in a statement.

In total, PKN’s refineries – in Poland, the Czech Republic and Lithuania – receive 30 percent of their crude oil from outside Russia. (Reporting by Agnieszka Barteczko; Editing by Dale Hudson)


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