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Lithuanian Oil Refinery Restarted After Two-Week Shutdown

  • Genevieve Zalatorius

VILNIUS, June 5 (RFE/RL) - Lithuania's Mazeikiai Nafta oil refinery is expected to complete the process of restarting today after a shutdown of more than two weeks.

The refinery has sufficient capacity to process more than one million tonnes of crude oil a month. It has been operating at about one-third that rate.

Our correspondent in Vilnius reports that the refinery shut down May 17 when its liquid gas production filled the plant's storage capacity due to export delays on the border with Poland. Work to restart operations began Sunday. So far this year, the refinery has halted production for more than 40 days for technical and market reasons.

The plant produces between 30 and 40 percent of Lithuania's energy. It also exports to Latvia.