Polish fuel giant to produce 2.5 mln litres of disinfectants in March

The company plans to increase the productivity to up to 1.2 million litres per week. Darek Delmanowicz/PAP

Poland's largest fuel concern, PKN Orlen, said on Tuesday that due to the coronavirus epidemic it would produce 2.5 million litres of disinfectants in March, and an additional 4.5 million litres of the fluid in April.

According to CEO of PKN Orlen Daniel Obajtek, the Orlen Oil processing plant located in Jedlicz, southern Poland, is currently producing around 750,000 litres of disinfectants per week. The company plans to increase the productivity to up to 1.2 million litres per week.

The PKN Orlen CEO said that the company has reacted immediately on the Polish government's announcements regarding combatting the epidemic, and redesigned production lines on which, initially, windscreen wiper fluids were produced.

Obajtek added that on Wednesday the company will begin the production of 1-litre bottles of disinfectant which will retail for PLN 15 (EUR 3.3). Also, the price of a 5-litre container will be reduced, from approx. PLN 90 (EUR 20) to approx. PLN 60 (EUR 13).

He also added that all petrol stations would remain open. "We feel fully obliged to ensure that the Polish market is supplied with fuel at this difficult time, that all stations are open, so that we can guarantee the fuel security of the country," Obajtek said.

According to the Orlen CEO, the company will continue reducing fuel prices day by day.