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28 February 2020, 17:14

Belneftekhim ready for practical negotiations on reverse oil import to Belarus

A Belneftekhim office. An archive photo
A Belneftekhim office. An archive photo

MINSK, 28 February (BelTA) – The Belarusian state petrochemical concern Belneftekhim is ready for practical negotiations on oil import via oil pipelines operating in reverse mode. Belneftekhim Press Secretary Aleksandr Tishchenko made the statement as he commented on the Polish company PERN's intention to prepare the oil pipeline system Druzhba in Poland for reverse deliveries, BelTA has learned.

The spokesman said: “Reverse deliveries [in the Belarusian part of the oil pipeline system] are technically possible. We can start practical negotiations on oil deliveries in reverse mode.”

“We've conducted negotiations with PERN on the matter. In the past the possibility of using this direction was estimated at 50% to 50%, now these negotiations have resulted in the Polish company saying it might do reverse deliveries. It is profitable and interesting for us since it reduces transportation costs during oil deliveries in this direction. It allows taking a closer look at this oil import option,” Aleksandr Tishchenko explained.

In his words, another door in the world of alternative sources of oil is opening for Belarus.

Aleksandr Tishchenko pointed out that pumping oil by pipeline is more profitable than, for instance, transporting oil by rail. It will be more interesting for suppliers to work in this part of Europe, including for the sake of delivering oil to Belarus.

On 28 February PERN Company, which operates the Polish part of the oil pipeline system Druzhba, mentioned plans to transport crude oil in the eastern direction. “PERN decided that the eastern part of the Druzhba pipeline should have the capability to pump crude oil, that is, to pump crude oil from Plock to Adamowo. Oil is transported only in the opposite direction at present. Making the company's logistics network more flexible while bolstering Poland's energy security is the idea. The company has already started looking for a contractor for this project,” the company said.

PERN representatives stated that reverse operation of the eastern part of the oil pipeline Druzhba will enable flexible and two-way oil transportation between bases, which will allow catering to clients in full and without disruptions.

Previously BelTA quoted First Deputy Director General, Chief Engineer of OAO Gomeltransneft Druzhba Andrei Verigo as saying that the technology allows pumping oil from Poland to Belarus in reverse mode. Reverse mode was implemented in practice in order to move polluted oil from the Polish city of Gdansk to Russia after the polluted oil incident in April 2019.

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