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

The car belonged to Hyza in the past, now carried Hungarian plates.

Refugees die in a truck near Slovak border in Austria

DOZENS of refugees have lost their lives near the Slovak border today, in a van carrying the brand of a Slovak company.

Some farms in Slovakia are in danger.

Slovak milk producers to protest in Brussels

THE CURRENT crisis in milk production not only causes losses for farmers, but it may also result in some of them closing down their businesses.

The construction of the refugee camp in Berg is underway.

Minister surprised by refugee camp close to Slovak border

THE CONSTRUCTION of a refugee camp for migrants from Syria close to the Austrian-Slovak border has caught Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák by surprise, the TASR newswire learnt on August 26.

There are about 120 old industrial waste dumps in Slovakia.

Pollution from communist era remains a problem

LEAKING toxic pollution from the old chemical waste dump in Bratislava’s Vrakuňa neighbourhood has already contaminated local ground water and continues to spread. 

MOST READ ARTICLES


  1. Slovakia and its shameful policy on refugees
  2. Spiš Castle among top 500 ultimate bucket list destinations
  3. Slovak man's story part of Titanic exhibition in Bratislava
  4. Slovak grandfather receives birthday wishes from all over the world
  5. Refugees die in a truck near Slovak border in Austria
  6. Frisbee, more than just a flying disc
  7. Interior Minister surprised by news of refugee camp close to Austrian border
  8. Crooks may land €2 million in land deals for Jaguar Land Rover
  9. Countrywide events
  10. Pollution from communist era remains a problem
  1. Slovak grandfather receives birthday wishes from all over the world
  2. Slovakia and its shameful policy on refugees
  3. Crooks may land €2 million in land deals for Jaguar Land Rover
  4. Slovak man's story part of Titanic exhibition in Bratislava
  5. Refugees die in a truck near Slovak border in Austria
  6. Interior Minister surprised by news of refugee camp close to Austrian border
  7. Company selling land for Jaguar plant oppose fraud claims
  8. Pollution from communist era remains a problem
  9. Discover natural wonders by foot
  10. Police find lost Andy Warhol picture
  1. Slovakia and its shameful policy on refugees
  2. Crooks may land €2 million in land deals for Jaguar Land Rover
  3. Interior Minister surprised by news of refugee camp close to Austrian border
  4. Refugees die in a truck near Slovak border in Austria
  5. Slovak man's story part of Titanic exhibition in Bratislava
  6. Slovak grandfather receives birthday wishes from all over the world
  7. Use “women’s power” to tackle talent shortage
  8. Slovakia should innovate within existing sectors
  9. Discover natural wonders by foot
  10. A Slovak placed online ad offers money for shooting migrants