Transneft of Russia announced on Tuesday that oil exports from Kazakhstan to Germany via the Druzhba pipeline, which is free from Western sanctions, will begin in February, according to the RIA Novosti news agency, quoting Transneft.
In February, the business announced a contract to export 20,000 tonnes of Kazakh oil to Germany.
TASS also reported that it had delivered 500,000 tonnes of oil to Poland via the Druzhba pipeline.
As part of broader sanctions over Ukraine, the European Union has promised to suspend importing Russian oil via marine lines on December 5.
Although the Soviet-built Druzhba pipeline remains sanction-free, Germany’s refineries in Leuna and Schwedt, which are linked to the pipeline, have not ordered any Russian oil for this year.
In December, Transneft announced that Kazakhstan’s KazTransOil has sought 1.2 million tonnes of capacity on the Druzhba pipeline for 2023 in order to accommodate further oil shipments to Germany.