Analyst: Slovakia could have problems if Russia cuts oil supplies

SLOVAKIA could encounter serious problems if the flow of Russian oil is interrupted in Ukraine, as it acquires all of its oil supplies via its eastern neighbour, analyst Jozef Badida from the energieprevas.sk website told TASR on August 22.

SLOVAKIA could encounter serious problems if the flow of Russian oil is interrupted in Ukraine, as it acquires all of its oil supplies via its eastern neighbour, analyst Jozef Badida from the energieprevas.sk website told TASR on August 22.

“While Europe consumes approximately 30 percent of Russia’s gas, of which more than half flows through Ukraine, the southern branch of the Druzba oil pipeline technically supplies only Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Therefore, it’s no wonder that the attention of the European media and statesmen is directed mainly at natural gas, while the transport of oil is being neglected,” stated the analyst, as quoted by TASR.

Badida went on to say that while the natural gas capacities of connections with surrounding countries are sufficient for Slovakia to be able to import the commodity partly via alternative routes, the situation concerning oil is quite different. If it came to cuts in oil transport through the Ukrainian branch of the Druzba oil pipeline, Slovakia would have to rely on its 90-day reserves and limited use of the Adria oil pipeline.

Badida further observed that if necessary Slovakia could consider a reverse flow via the Druzba pipeline. This alternative has not been tried out yet, and it will largely depend on the skills of technicians from Czech and Slovak oil network administrators Mero and Transpetrol.

“In a critical situation, we would have to rely on solidarity on the part of European companies that have arranged for certain volumes in the significantly used TAL oil pipeline,” said the analyst, as quoted by TASR.

Slovakia could possibly also make use of oil supplies via the Odessa-Brody pipeline, and in the future through the planned Bratislava-Schwechat pipeline, added the expert.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports.
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information
presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Prime Minister Robert Fico

Ousted hospital chief spurs questions about who runs hospitals

FEW expected Žilina Faculty Hospital Director Štefan Volák to resign March 21 in the wake of a mass walkout by doctors and nurses, but he did and hospital’s troubles have entered a new phase.

School leaving exams draw flood of complaints

DESPITE an outcry from students and schools in the wake of the written section of the school leaving exams, authorities claim that the tests were not significantly more difficult than they have been in the past.  

Andrej Kiska

Kiska again gives away monthly salary to the poor

JUST like the month before, President Andrej Kiska has given his month salary to 10 families in dire straits.   

Successful downhill skier may leave Slovakia for Russia

SLOVAKIA may lose Adam Žampa, a winner of several medals who also placed fifth and sixth at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.