European Commission: Riots in Egypt will not impact oil supplies to Europe

Oil&Gas Materials 11 February 2011 19:02 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 11 / Trend V.Zhavoronkova /

The European Commission believes riots in Egypt will not affect the oil supplies to Europe.

"The EU imports a lot of crude oil from the Persian gulf countries, including Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia Oman and others," the Spokesman for EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger, Marlene Holzner, told Trend over the telephone.

However, she said, the riots in Egypt may slightly affect the total oil supply to the EU, as the quantities that it gets from Egypt are very small.

According to the statistics from the EU, Egypt ranked the 20th with 2.2 million tons of oil among the supplier countries over the oil supplies figures in January-August last year.

Riots have led to concerns about that this will reduce the oil supplies to Europe.

Large-scale anti-governmental protests are ongoing in Egypt from Jan.25. Thousands of people in different cities across the country have taken to the streets, demanding President Hosni Mubarak's resignation and the dissolution of parliament. The unrests in the country have killed at least 300 people and have injured over 4,000.

In 2009, the EU has received 4.4 million tons of oil from Egypt.