The Družba Crude Oil Pipeline

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The Družba crude oil pipeline was the first crude oil pipeline on the Czech territory. In 1962, it was extended to Bratislava and in 1965 to Záluží u Mostu.

The former Czechoslovakia imported up to 18 million tons of crude oil a year from the former USSR through this pipeline until 1989. The collapse of “the Iron Curtain” in 1989 represented a possibility of oil import from western countries and liberation from unilateral dependence on Russia. In 1990 Adria crude oil pipeline was put into operation; it was constructed in 1984 within joint efforts of the former Yugoslavia, Hungary and Czechoslovakia.