MINSK, 25 April (BelTA) – Belarus has partially resumed the export of light oil products to Ukraine and Poland, BelTA learned from Deputy Chairman of the Belarusian state petrochemical concern Belneftekhim Vladimir Sizov on 25 April.
The official said: “We've decided to partially satisfy needs of foreign partners, with whom we've signed oil product delivery contracts. A decision has been made to ship some 32,000 tonnes of diesel fuel towards Ukraine, 8,000 tonnes of diesel fuel towards Poland, and about 10,000 tonnes of gasoline also towards the Ukrainian market.”
The pumping of “pure” oil to the Belarusian oil refinery Naftan via the Surgut-Polotsk oil pipeline has begun. According to Vladimir Sizov, right now OAO Naftan processes 12,000 tonnes of oil per day while Mozyr Oil Refinery processes 18,000 tonnes of oil per day. These processing volumes have allowed stockpiling a certain amount of oil products as insurance to satisfy the domestic demand. This is why the decision to partially resume export has been made, the Belneftekhim deputy head explained.
Last week Belneftekhim mentioned a sharp decrease in the quality of the Russian oil mixture Urals transported in transit via OAO Polotsktransneft Druzhba's main oil pipeline. Expensive equipment at Mozyr Oil Refinery has been damaged as a result. Both Belarusian oil refineries have been forced to reduce their workload and are experiencing financial losses. On 24 April Poland stopped oil transit via the Druzhba oil pipeline system for an indefinite period of time due to the refusal of Polish and German oil refineries to process substandard Russian oil.More about Economy