Czechs to Get Capacity Boost Through TAL Oil Pipeline

(Reuters) — The Czech Republic will be able to raise daily capacity for crude oil deliveries coming via the TAL pipeline, Prime Minister Petr Fiala said on Thursday after the country got clearance from German authorities.

The TAL pipeline carries oil from the Italian port of Trieste to Austria and Germany, from which another pipeline links it to the Czech Republic.

The government has sought to boost deliveries through TAL long-term to cut its partial dependence on Russian oil in the wake of Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

Fiala said on Thursday Bavarian state officials had given necessary clearance to raise the daily capacity for the pipeline running through its territory.

"Thanks to this decision by Bavaria, it will be possible to increase capacity in the pipeline... which helps us in getting rid of dependence on Russian oil," Fiala told a news conference after talks with Bavarian State Premier Markus Soder.

"It is an important step in diversifying our economy."

Soder said a 17% capacity increase will start from Friday.

Czech refineries, owned by Poland's PKN Orlen, take their crude oil through TAL and the Druzhba pipeline from Russia.

The country imported 6.8 million tonnes of crude in 2021, with 3.4 million tonnes coming from Russia.

The Czech Republic was one of the countries that last month gained an exemption to a Russian oil embargo agreed by European Union member states as part of a sixth package of sanctions against Moscow. 


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