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Reverse oil deliveries from Poland to Belarus technically possible

Economy 15.01.2020 | 18:33

GOMEL, 15 January (BelTA) – The technology allows pumping oil from Poland to Belarus in reverse mode, BelTA learned from First Deputy Director General, Chief Engineer of OAO Gomeltransneft Druzhba Andrei Verigo.

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.

However, Andrei Verigo made it clear that the Polish side cannot pump oil to Belarus and from Belarus at the same time. “Only intermittent reverse deliveries are possible. For instance, we could pump oil to Mozyr for a week and from Mozyr for three weeks. It is quite technically feasible in this manner. I am convinced in a critical situation the Polish side will meet us halfway and intermittent reverse oil deliveries will be possible. We are discussing the matter with Polish colleagues. We don't rule out the possibility that it may become a prospect in the near future,” the executive said.

The Belarusian side is conducting negotiations about these matters with all partners. “Despite economic, technical, and other considerations the country needs stable options for procuring energy resources from all possible directions,” Andrei Verigo concluded.

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