“Completely stunned” because of the oil embargo: the refinery city of Schwedt appeals to the Minister of Economy Habeck – Berlin

The city of Schwedt/Oder has sent an open letter to Federal Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) and asked for a personal conversation about the future of the region in view of the oil embargo. “We are still completely stunned by your announcement on the Twitter portal, which has been received with great uncertainty in our city and region,” reads the letter which was delivered to Secretary of State Michael Kellner during a visit to Schwedt Monday.

Habeck considers an oil embargo against Moscow due to the attack on Ukraine to be feasible and is prepared. The letter emphasizes that the necessary lead time is necessary for the upcoming transformation process. We do not want “political diktats” from afar, but rather to act with prudence and foresight.

The Druzhba (Friendship) pipeline with oil from Russia, which is processed in the PCK refinery, ends in Schwedt. The refinery is majority owned by Russian state-owned Rosneft and, according to the Brandenburg Ministry of Economic Affairs, has 1,200 employees.

“The lights don’t go out here just yet”

The Federal Ministry of Economics wants to avoid the negative consequences of an oil embargo for the employees of the PCK oil refinery in Schwedt/Oder. “The lights don’t go out here right away,” said Parliamentary State Secretary for Economic Affairs Michael Kellner (Greens) on Monday during a visit to Schwedt/Oder.

There are strategic reserves of crude oil so that people, employees and businesses can keep working. “As a Federal Ministry, we will do everything for employees and consumers. According to Federal Economics Minister Habeck, the share of Russian oil in German oil consumption has fallen in a few weeks from 35 to 12%. These 12% pass through the Druzhba pipeline in Schwedt/Oder a.

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The energy company Shell Germany is in talks with politicians about possible support for the PCK oil refinery in Schwedt/Oder after a possible oil embargo against Russia.

Brandenburg’s Economy Minister Jörg Steinbach (SPD) said on Monday that Shell had promised to buy oil for PCK. This could guarantee 50-60% capacity. The percentage could possibly be increased by negotiations with Poland. We are interested in reliable operational structures on day X, regardless of who decrees an oil embargo. Shell Deutschland GmbH is co-owner of the refinery.

“Intensive discussions between business representatives, the federal government and the state government”

“We have taken note of the statements of the Minister of Economics of Brandenburg that Shell will support PCK in Schwedt, even if it accepts economic losses, in order to maintain supply to the region,” Shell Germany told AFP. German press agency. “The fact is that intensive talks are currently underway between representatives of the companies, the federal government and the state.” Shell does not want to comment publicly on the content of the talks.

Rosneft owns a majority in the refinery and said it exercised its right of first refusal to acquire 37.5% of Shell shares last year. This would increase the Group’s stake in PCK from 54.17% to 91.67%. The Federal Ministry of Economics is examining the acquisition of shares.

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Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) confirmed on ARD on Sunday that Germany supports an oil embargo against Russia. At a special meeting on Monday, energy ministers from EU states will discuss, among other things, Russia’s freezing of gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria. (dpa)

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