17 Jul 2019 13:10

Lukoil says not using organic chlorides in production, has been monitoring crude arriving at Volgograd refinery since April

MOSCOW. July 17 (Interfax) - Lukoil is not using organic chlorides when producing hydrocarbons, Senior Vice President for Oil and Gas Production Azat Shamsuarov was quoted as saying in a statement released by the company.

"Since April 2019, Lukoil has been carrying out monthly monitoring of the level of organic chlorides in oil arriving at the Volgograd refinery. All samples have been within the range of normal readings," Shamsuarov said, commenting on media reports on excessive organic-chloride concentrations in several samples of oil that arrived at the refinery in April.

Last week, Senior Vice President Vadim Vorobyov said that the company had fully resumed deliveries of oil at the levels specified in its contracts following the Druzhba contamination incident. "There are currently no complaints coming from Lukoil's constant partners to the west - purchasers of oil on the southern branch of the Druzhba and from Belarus - regarding the failure of the oil being supplied to conform to the agreed-upon parameters," Vorobyov said.