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About 760,000t of polluted Russian oil still in Belarus

Economy 11.06.2019 | 16:55
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MINSK, 11 June (BelTA) – Top officials of the Belarusian state petrochemical concern Belneftekhim and the Russian Energy Ministry will soon discuss matters of compensation for the losses the Belarusian side has suffered due to deliveries of poor-quality Russian oil via the Druzhba pipeline, the Belneftekhim press service told BelTA.

About 760,000 tonnes of polluted Russian oil out of the initial amount of 1.3 million tonnes still remains in the pipeline and in reservoirs in Belarus. “Since the situation has not ended yet, it is impossible to specify the damage precisely,” Belneftekhim representatives noted.

Joint commission work is in progress to prepare proposals on compensating for the damage in line with agreements reached by the deputy prime ministers of Belarus and Russia Igor Lyashenko and Dmitry Kozak. Belneftekhim sent its own vision of the problem specifying the preliminary sum of the losses the concern's enterprises and the state budget had suffered to the Russian Energy Ministry on 31 May. The Russian side is also busy working out its approaches.

A meeting of top officials of Belneftekhim and the Russian Energy Ministry is supposed to take place soon to discuss all the aspects of the compensation. Specialists of Belarusian and Russian organizations concerned are expected to take part in it. Belarusian oil refineries are also working on claim settlement with specific oil suppliers within the framework of the contracts, which have expired. OAO Mozyr Oil Refinery and OAO Naftan would like the suppliers to pay for supplying oil, which does not meet requirements of the contracts.

Apart from that, the roadmap on replacing poor-quality oil in Belarus is being implemented step by step. These measures will help reduce the size of the losses.

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