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Ukrainians Spur Polish Fuel Sales Amid Strained Diesel Supply

A customer refuels a vehicle at a gas station operated by PKN Orlen n Warsaw.

A customer refuels a vehicle at a gas station operated by PKN Orlen n Warsaw.

Photographer: Bartek Sadowski/Bloomberg

Poland’s largest oil company has seen fuel volume sales surge 10% at its gas stations in recent months after the arrival of Ukrainian refugees caused a spike in demand, even as the country grapples with the global diesel shortage.

Refiner PKN Orlen SA estimates that there are about 1 million additional Ukrainian cars in the country of 38 million people -- the main reason behind a sudden increase in sales.