Hungary's leading oil and gas company Mol said on Thursday that Russian crude oil shipments through the Druzhba pipeline has resumed to Hungary.
Mol confirmed that it has switched from its strategic reserves to normal deliveries and starts to fill back crude oil taken out from strategic reserves. Mol used strategic reserves for about 12 hours and assumed to take out less than 7,000 tonnes of crude oil from strategic stocks. „Following the re-start (at midnight) the supply to Mol's refineries is at normal quantity and pressure," Mol said. Hungary's oil imports from Russia were suspended for about 50 hours. Belarus told Hungary just before 2200 local time on Wednesday that the taps of the pipeline had been opened and oil was being forwarded to Hungary. Speaking in Brussels on Wednesday Hungary's Minister of Economy and Transport János Kóka stressed that Europe needed guarantees from both Russia and transit countries that business disagreements would not disrupt oil supplies to other countries in future. (Mti-Eco)