Polish fuel firm Orlen seeks compensation for dirty Russian oil

"We are determined to retrieve all the costs we have incurred," PKN Orlen CEO Daniel Obajtek was cited as saying in the statement. Rafał Guz/PAP

Poland's leading fuel company PKN Orlen has requested compensation for the contaminated crude oil from Russian suppliers, PKN Orlen CEO Daniel Obajtek was quoted as saying in the company's statement.

The Polish company's costs comprise the processing of the oil, protecting installations and additional petroleum purchases.

"We are determined to retrieve all the costs we have incurred," Obajtek was cited as saying in the statement.

On April 19, media reported that contaminated crude oil was being forwarded through Belarus to the West via the "Friendship" pipeline. As a result, Belarusian refineries halved their fuel production, and both Belarus and Ukraine halted the transit of Russian oil through their territory.

On June 7, Russian Energy Minister Alexandr Novak announced that buyers of the contaminated oil tranche would be compensated for incurred losses.