The withdrawal of the Russian share from the Schwedt refinery is the basic condition under which Poland is ready to help Germany become independent from Russian oil – emphasized the Minister of Climate and Environment Anna Moskwa. Without meeting this condition, no business model in this respect is possible – she added.
On Thursday, 12 May, minister Anna Moskwa was asked at a joint press conference with International Energy Agency Director Fatih Birol, among others, on the issue of Polish-German cooperation aimed at diversifying oil supplies to Poland’s western neighbour.
The Polish minister stressed that domestic refineries are prepared to process oil from worldwide, which is what happens. She recalled that oil is also supplied in this way – via Poland – to the German refinery Leuna.
– We are working on a new joint Polish-German business model, the model of managing these refineries so that it is optimal for the Polish and German public, but we also have to keep in mind the potential support for Ukraine, which is ongoing all the time. Perhaps after the war, including our Ukrainian neighbour in this model will also be necessary – minister Anna Moskwa conveyed.
She ensured that Polish-German technical agreements were still in progress, both at the companies and ministries of the two countries.
She also announced that “probably in the next few days”, a Polish delegation would travel to Berlin to take stock of this work. However, she pointed out that there was one condition without which Poland could not imagine cooperating with the German side.
– One basic condition to implement any solutions from our end is to withdraw the Russian share from the Schwedt refinery. Without this, no business model from our side will be possible – Minister Moskwa stressed.
The Schwedt refinery is the most important supplier of petroleum products to Berlin and Brandenburg. The majority owner of the refinery is the Russian company Rosneft, and the oil is supplied from Russia via the Druzhba pipeline. In addition, it can be supplied from Gdansk’s fuel terminal – Naftoport.
At the end of April, Minister Anna Moskwa and Minister for Economic and Climate Protection Robert Habeck discussed fully utilizing the existing infrastructure and additional resources to increase oil supplies to Polish and German refineries. A topic of that meeting was also the possibility of cooperation to ensure adequate supplies of petroleum products in the event of an EU embargo on Russian oil and petroleum products.