MINSK, 2 June (BelTA) – Belarus intends to get about 1.1 million tonnes of oil from Russian companies in June, BelTA learned from Aleksandr Tishchenko, Press Secretary of the Belarusian state petrochemical concern Belneftekhim.
The official said: “We look forward to receiving about 1 million tonnes of oil by pipeline and about 80,000 tonnes of oil by rail. About 1.1 million tonnes in total. Shipments from Russia will be virtually identical to those in May.”
Ten companies, including Rosneft, Bashneft, Tatneft, and Lukoil, are expected to ship oil to Belarus.
As for alternative deliveries, Belneftekhim expects a tanker carrying American oil to arrive in Klaipeda by 5 June on schedule.
“Since the beginning of the year alternative suppliers have been providing one fifth of oil. As many as 11 tankers have already delivered oil. The 12th tanker carries American oil and is still in transit,” Aleksandr Tishchenko added.
BelTA reported earlier that the tanker will bring 80,000 tonnes of American oil of the Bakken variety to Klaipeda. The deal was sealed with assistance of the American energy resources trading company United Energy Trading and with assistance of the U.S. company Getka and their Polish partner UNIMOT. This year Belarus has bought alternative oil with transshipment in the port of Odessa.
Previously BelTA quoted First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Dmitry Krutoi as saying that alternative deliveries of crude materials will always be on the Belarusian oil agenda. “Work continues with all the countries we've already bought oil from (Azerbaijani oil, Norwegian oil) and with our new partners such as Saudi Arabia and the USA. No doubt we will try to secure as profitable terms of these deliveries as possible,” Dmitry Krutoi said.