Kazakhstan’s KazTransOil has requested 1.2m tonnes of capacity on the Druzhba pipeline for 2023 in order to facilitate extra oil shipments to Germany, according to an RIA Novosti news agency report, citing Russian oil pipeline operator Transneft.
The European Union said that from December 5th it would stop buying Russian oil via maritime routes, as part of wider sanctions over the Russian invasion of Ukraine last February.
The Druzhba pipeline remains exempt from sanctions, but Germany’s refineries in Leuna and Schwedt, connected to the pipeline, are no longer ordering Russian crude for next year, Germany’s economy ministry has said.
The German ministry had been optimistic that Kazakh oil, which would come through the Druzhba pipeline via Poland, could help supplement another alternative source – replacement crude oil shipments for Schwedt.
Transneft reportedly said that Kazakhstan’s national oil transporter KaztTransOil had asked to ship an additional 300,000 tonnes of oil during the Q1 2023. The request will need to be approved by Russia’s energy ministry.