MINSK, 24 May (BelTA) – Within one week Russia will make arrangements to deliver oil to the Belarusian oil refinery Naftan by rail since the Druzhba oil pipeline is full of substandard oil, BelTA learned from Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Igor Lyashenko.
The official said: “Since the pipeline transport system lacks the capacity, the Russian side will work out an alternative way to deliver oil by rail within one week in order to ensure 100% workload of Naftan as soon as possible.” Mozyr Oil Refinery's workload is already full, this is why it will not require oil delivery by rail.
According to the source, the Belarusian side has the technical capacity to receive oil by rail.
Igor Lyashenko also said that within ten days a Belarusian-Russian working group will prepare proposals on the procedure for discussing the compensation Belarus is supposed to get due to the situation with poor-quality Russian oil deliveries.
On 19 April Belneftekhim registered a massive decrease in the quality of the Russian oil mixture Urals flowing in transit into the main oil pipeline section operated by OAO Polotsktransneft 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 experienced financial losses. Naftan is still operating at 65% of its capacity. A roadmap on replacing poor-quality Russian oil in the Belarusian territory with quality oil was finalized in Moscow on 23 May.More about Economy