MINSK, 25 April (BelTA) – Representatives of the Russian oil transportation company Transneft will come to Minsk on 26 April to discuss ways to resolve problems concerning substandard Russian oil supplies, BelTA learned from Deputy Chairman of the Belarusian state petrochemical concern Belneftekhim Vladimir Sizov on 25 April.
“We've scheduled negotiations with Transneft Company for tomorrow. They've been invited to Minsk. The negotiations will take place at Belneftekhim premises. We will try to come up with technical solutions to the problem of deliveries to Belarusian oil refineries,” Vladimir Sizov said.
The official noted that they would like to learn when exactly “pure” oil may reach Belarus and make forecasts about the work of the entire oil transportation and oil refining system.
According to Vladimir Sizov, during the negotiations the Belarusian side intends to suggest a way to displace chloride-polluted oil from the oil transportation system in the Belarusian territory. “We see how oil can be displaced from polluted sections from Unecha to Polotsk. We will formulate our proposals and will hand them over to the Russian side. First of all, they are designed to clean the oil pipeline from Novopolotsk to Unecha and fill it with pure oil,” 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 – OAO Naftan and Mozyr Oil Refinery – 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 poor-quality Russian oil.More about Economy