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Removal of tainted Russian oil from Unecha-Polotsk 2 pipeline in Belarus continues

Economy 19.07.2019 | 16:49
Photo courtesy of OAO Polotsktransneft Druzhba
Photo courtesy of OAO Polotsktransneft Druzhba

MINSK, 19 July (BelTA) - OAO Polotsktransneft Druzhba plans to completely clean the Unecha-Polotsk 2 pipeline from contaminated Russian oil by 25 July, BelTA learned from Director of OAO Polotsktransneft Druzhba Vasily Drobotov.

“The process of cleaning up the Unecha-Polotsk 2 oil pipeline continues, in compliance with the roadmap agreed with Russia. We are set to clean the pipeline by 25 July to deliver standard-quality oil to the Belarusian oil refinery Naftan,” Vasily Drobotov noted.

Substandard oil has been moved from the Unecha-Polotsk 1 oil pipeline (part of the oil pipeline system Druzhba) to Russia in reverse mode via the Surgut-Polotsk oil pipeline in early July.

BelTA reported earlier that on 19 April Belneftekhim registered a massive decrease in the quality of the Russian oil mixture Urals coming via the oil pipeline system Druzhba. The concentration of chlororganic compounds in oil exceeded standard thresholds dozens of times over. Both Belarusian oil refineries – OAO Naftan and Mozyr Oil Refinery – were forced to reduce their workload and have suffered financial losses. Standard-quality oil arrived at the Belarusian border via Druzhba pipeline on 2 May. Mozyr Oil Refinery began its processing on 6 May.

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