The announcement on the driver’s door informs us that “the current situation on the fuel market unfortunately does not allow us to fully supply our filling stations.” According to them, even the dominant suppliers Slovnaft, Unipetrol and OMV are currently unable to supply fuel to the domestic market. “We apologize for the temporary fuel outages. We are working intensively to solve the problem, “they told customers. Archive video: Sulík stated that they had submitted several proposals: We can reduce excise taxes on petrol and diesel, we can also reduce VAT on basic foodstuffs. The situation does not please him either. “The gas station is about to buy petrol and diesel there, other services are only accompanying,” he said. Drivers must now use petrol stations in the nearby towns of Levice or Nová Baňa, if necessary. Photo gallery (5) Source: Facebook As stated by the tvnoviny.sk portal, the gas station in Pukanec is not the only one that is currently struggling with a lack of fuel. Similarly, there should be several smaller filling stations. According to them, gas stations in Farná, Rimavská Sobota, Snina, Jesenský, Revúca or Milost near Košice also report problems. Somewhere there is only a shortage of diesel, elsewhere they have problems with all fuels. Photo gallery (5) Source: Gettyimages.com Slovnaft warned about fuel shortages Big players do not have a problem with fuel yet. This was also confirmed by the words of all three companies, in connection with which the gas station in Pukanec stated that they could not currently supply them with fuel. “OMV Slovensko currently supplies fuels to all its contractual partners. We have no contractual relationship with PUMPA. We do not register increased demand for fuels,” said OMV Slovensko. Unipetrol also reacted similarly. “We supply fuels in a standard way to all our contractual partners in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and other countries in sufficient quantities and according to the agreed conditions. The mentioned company has not been our contractual partner for a long time,” they said. Slovnaft also stated that it is not the current contractual partner of this filling station, so it cannot be responsible for the supply or non-delivery of fuels. “The Slovak fuel market is fully open and service station operators can buy petrol or diesel anywhere in Europe. Every private company bears the risk of its business decisions as well as the responsibility of whether or not it has fuels for its customers,” they said. In their own words, they fulfill their obligations to the current business partners and supply fuels in accordance with the contractual conditions. At the same time, however, they recalled that they had only recently alerted the public to the possibility of a fuel shortage in the Central European market in the context of the sanctions adopted. The Ministry of Economy stated that it registers the information. “Based on the information of the ministry, we can state that the supply in Slovakia works without restrictions and properly on the basis of contracts,” they added at the same time. Photo gallery (5) Source: TASR / Michal Svítok Even bigger problems may come As part of the sixth sanctions package, the countries of the European Union have agreed to ban Russian oil imports. In connection with this, however, Slovnaft warned at the beginning of June that next year there could be a problem with a lack of fuel. They even scared the fuel on the ration. For Slovakia and several other countries, a temporary derogation for a period of eight months applies. However, according to Slovnaft, eight months is a short period. During this time, the refinery must change technology so that it can process non-Russian oil. After this date, it will be able to sell Russian oil fuels only on the Czech market. Not even there for another 10 months. In a year and a half, only the domestic market will remain. However, the only Slovak refinery claims that without exports it will not be able to produce enough fuel for us either. Without production abroad, it will reach its technological minimum. Photo gallery (5) The Minister of Economy Richard Sulík (SaS) even faces an appeal in parliament for the “exception” thus discussed. However, he calmed the situation and refused to shut down Slovnaft. Among other things, he said that the reconstruction of the refinery would cost up to 300 million euros and would take a complete period of about four years. He stressed that experimental operation will be possible as early as February next year. According to him, Slovnaft should be ready to mix non-Russian oil from that date. Excess production could flow to Ukraine after the end of the derogation, which is already being negotiated. “The Ministry of Economy has been taking steps for a long time to ensure that there is enough fuel in Slovakia. The sixth package of sanctions has succeeded in obtaining a permanent exemption for Russian oil pipeline imports. The market represents 70 percent of Slovnaft’s capacity, the technical minimum for the operation of the refinery is 60 percent. “The remaining three percent of the capacity must be left empty in case of an accident in order to pump out the leaking oil. The state’s strategic reserves plus the emergency stocks of Transpetrol and Slovnaft now reach 126 days,” the economy said. is a supplier
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