The Polish side continues talks with Germany on cooperation in the field of oil supplies to this country via Polish infrastructure, the Ministry of Climate and Environment informed in response to PAP’s questions regarding cooperation with Germany after the government of that country regained management control over the Schwedt refinery in which the Russians have a stake.
“Poland plans to supply the German side with the full surplus of crude oil between the needs of domestic refineries and the technical capabilities of our infrastructure“- added the Ministry of Climate.
At the same time, the ministry stated that it “welcomes” the recent actions of the German side related to the introduction of a trust management board in Rosneft Deutschland GmbH (PAP – Rafineria Schwedt). The German refinery in Schwedt, of which the Russian company Rosneft has 37.5 percent. shares, is the most important supplier of petroleum products to Berlin and Brandenburg. Crude oil for refineries is supplied from Russia via Poland via the Druzhba pipeline. Its operator is the PERN Group. Rosneft controls 12 percent. refining industry in Germany.
The Ministry of Climate also referred to whether it might be possible to acquire some shares by Polish companies in the Schwedt refinery, e.g. by PERN or PKN Orlen.
“In the context of the takeover of a part of the shares in the PCK Schwedt refinery by one of the Polish companies, it should be noted that investment decisions are made by the companies themselves, depending on their possibilities and anticipated benefits” – it was noted.
Investments on the Polish side
The Ministry of Climate also answered the question of whether the plans to build the second line of the Pomeranian Pipeline from Płock to Gdańsk will now be intensified due to the changed situation of the German refinery.
“Works on the construction of the second line of the Pomeranian pipeline are progressing according to the schedule. On the part of the government, the investment has already received support in the form of a number of facilitations and exemptions from administrative procedures under the Act of February 22, 2019 on the preparation and implementation of strategic investments in the oil sector” The ministry said.
It indicated that in the case of Naftoport in Gdańsk, its expansion is a long-term, complicated and very costly process, and one of the main elements determining investment decisions is identifying the needs of potential customers.
At the end of June, Minister of Climate and Environment Anna Moskwa announced that an agreement with the German side (in the refining and oil sector – PAP) would be finalized.
“We want to sign a cooperation agreement, business talks are still ongoing between PERN and German operators, but we are waiting for the final withdrawal of Russian shares from the Schwedt refinery” – she said.
She emphasized then that this is a Polish condition for any cooperation, “that there would be” zero “any Russian shares and presence in all elements, be it storage or the refinery itself, everything related to oil in Germany”.
“Our expectations are that the Russian Federation is not there. The Germans agreed to it“- noted Anna Moskwa.
PKN Orlen after the publication in mid-September this year. in the information in Bloomberg and earlier in Reuters that he is allegedly interested in taking over a controlling stake in the German refinery PCK Schwedt, stated that Orlen is monitoring the situation in the region on an ongoing basis.
At the end of May this year. In response to PAP’s questions, PERN pointed out that if the second line of the Pomeranian pipeline was built, it could offer more capacity to the German side.
“Likewise, in the case of receiving oil from the sea. If the need of our clients is confirmed, we can expand Naftoport with another post for clearing tankers. If there is a need to build new raw material capacities, we are also able to implement this investment “- assured PERN.
Currently, the PERN sea terminal has the capacity to store 36 million tonnes of crude oil and 4 million tonnes of petroleum products. PERN estimated the consumption of crude oil by Polish refineries at 27 million tonnes.