MOL Group Receives 617,000 Barrels of Crude Via the Adria Pipeline

(P&GJ) — MOL Group has reached a milestone by bringing home Azeri light crude oil from the ACG field in Azerbaijan, the company said on March 28.

A Seavelvet tanker shipped 617,000 barrels of crude from the Port of Ceyhan in Turkey to Omisalj in Croatia. The crude was then transported to the Slovnaft Refinery in Slovakia via the Adria Pipeline.

MOL Group said this shipment constitutes well-to-wheel integration of its value chain as it will process and sell petroleum products refined at one of its own refineries using crude oil produced at a field it co-owns. The crude will also be transported from the Sangachal oil terminal near Baku to Ceyhan via the BTC pipeline, also co-owned by MOL Group.

“This shipment marks a milestone as it justifies once again our decision to become a major shareholder in the ACG oilfield in Azerbaijan,” Zsombor Marton, executive vice president of exploration and production at MOL Group, said. “The capability to supply our refineries with crude sources from outside Europe gives us additional resilience during a period of rapid change. We have the flexibility to decide whether to sell our share of the oil produced at ACG or to bring it to our core region to contribute to the European energy supply security.”

Test production of petroleum products using the Azeri Light produced at the Azeri–Chirag–Gunashli oil field — of which MOL Group owns 9.57% — will begin in April. This comes after successful testing at Slovnaft Refinery of several types of oils from Middle East and Caspian region. This is another important milestone in MOL Group’s journey toward greater crude sourcing flexibility amid European sanctions prohibiting the export of petroleum products from EU member states.

"The arrival of this shipment of Azeri Light crude oil is an extraordinary event for us, as it further demonstrates our flexibility in crude oil sourcing,” Gabriel SZABÓ, executive vice president of downstream at MOL Group, said. “It also marks a new opportunity for us to cover the entirety of the value chain in our production, from well to wheel, which is always a major accomplishment. MOL Group has a regional security supply mindset, therefore we are especially delighted to contribute to supplying the CEE region with our own crude.”

MOL Group is keen to become an increasingly important economic link between Azerbaijan and Central and Eastern Europe. In 2020, the company acquired 9.57% stake in the ACG oilfield, one of the flagship fields of the Azerbaijani economy, and 8.9 % in the BTC (Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan) pipeline. 

MOL Group is the third largest investor in the ACG project, after BP and SOCAR. This field represents 15% of MOL Group's total production and 25% of its total reserves. The BTC pipeline has the potential to play an important role in MOL's supply of oil to MOL Group's refineries in Bratislava, Slovakia as well as Százhalombatta, Hungary.


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