The Czech Republic opened new crude oil storage tanks on Wednesday 10 September, allowing it to boost strategic reserves.
The measure has been taken to prevent supply disruptions such as the dip in flows from Russia in July this year.
Two new tanks increased the overall capacity of the key oil storage site in Nelahozeves, 22 miles north of Prague, to 1.55 million m³ from 1.3 million m³.
'We all remember the summer outage of the Druzhba pipeline from Russia,' Alexandr Vondra, deputy prime minister for European affairs, says. 'The new tanks will allow our state to raise strategic oil reserves significantly.'
In July Russia, the key supplier to the central European country, cut shipments through the Druzhba pipeline by about half, after the Czechs signed a deal with the US to host part of the US missile defence shield.
Russia denied any link between the oil supply drop and missile defence, citing technical reasons for the reduction.
Vondra says the new tanks would allow the Czechs to boost their strategic reserves of oil and oil products to over 100 days of national consumption, from more than 90 days now.
The government plans to raise these stocks, stored with state-owned distribution firms Mero and Cepro, to 120 days, also involving private companies in the future.
'We should be certainly able to fill one tank by the end of this year as we have signed a deal for 100,000 tonnes,' Ladislav Zabo, chairman of the reserves administrator, comments.