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Poland’s biggest refinery joins Iranian crude oil buyers

16 April 2018 , 10:27Neftegaz.RU832

Warsaw, April 16 - Neftegaz.RU. Following Lotos, Poland’s biggest oil refiner PKN Orlen has joined the buyers of Iranian crude oil, receiving a 130,000-ton shipment of Iranian crude at the Baltic seaport of Gdansk, Reuters reported.


According to the company, the Iranian oil, which is lighter than the Russian crude and contains less sulfur, will be refined at PKN’s plant at Plock, northwest of Warsaw.


«Delivery from Iran has become a fact. Oil from the Middle East gives us many opportunities. First of all, it enables diversification of delivery directions and increases the energy security of the state, » PKN said in a statement.


PKN said that earlier tests of the Iranian oil «confirmed its significant potential». It took a month for the Delta Kanaris tanker to transport the Iranian cargo from the Kharg Island to Gdansk.


Polish Lotos shipped in its 1st supplies from Iran in 2016. Two tankers carrying 2 million barrels of oil from Iran arrived at the port of Gdansk on the Baltic Sea in mid-August 2016.


Most of the oil refined in Polish refineries comes via pipelines from Russia, but state-run PKN Orlen and Lotos are increasingly buying from other sources, including Iran and the United States.


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