Russian technicians are working on a system to get rid of three hundred thousand tons of polluted oil as quickly as possible. The Russian government has promised to resume delivery tomorrow. "There is a great threat that the situation will not be resolved quickly," said Lukáš Kovanda, an economist.
The Czech Republic is remembering such a big downturn last time in the 1990s, when Russia and Ukraine lost their oil prices. Oil has been flowing through Druzhba to the Czech Republic since 1965. Its flow rate through pipes of about half a meter is 3.5 to 5 kilometers per hour. Her journey from Russia to the Czech Republic takes several days.
According to economists, delaying the restoration of oil supply may mean increasing the price of gasoline, diesel, LPG, fuel oils or, for example, asphalt. “Oil is the blood of Czech industry and the Czech economy. If this blood does not flow, both companies and households will lose weight, ”said Kovanda.
The Druzhba pipeline begins in Samara, Russia. Oil flows through us to Belarus, Ukraine and Slovakia. In the Czech Republic, Družba begins its 505 km long route near Hodonín. There are two final stops: Pardubice and Litvínov. But the largest oil volume ends at Nelahozeves.
About 40 kilometers from Prague near Nelahozeves is a central oil tank farm. Here, various types of oil are mixed for refineries and emergency stocks are stored here for the Czech Republic.
Unipetrol from Litvínov, which has oil reserves for only four days, is ready to apply for them. Nobody knows when Russian oil gets back to the Czech Republic. Administration of state material reserves and refineries will act together tomorrow.