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Workload of Mozyr Oil Refinery down by 40%

Economy 23.04.2019 | 16:00
An operational oil refining plant
An operational oil refining plant

MOZYR, 23 April (BelTA) – Due to poor-quality Russian oil the workload of Mozyr Oil Refinery has been reduced by 40%, BelTA learned from Deputy Chairman of the Belarusian state petrochemical concern Belneftekhim Vladimir Sizov.

The official said: “We've been forced to reduce the workload of both Naftan and Mozyr Oil Refinery. We've decided to reduce their workloads by roughly 40% at Mozyr Oil Refinery and by about 50% at OAO Naftan.”

The official explained that measures are being taken to minimize the delivery of substandard raw materials by mixing in other oil varieties, including those delivered by rail. “We did not receive a preliminary notification saying that poor-quality oil would be pumped,” the Belneftekhim deputy chairman specified.

Vladimir Sizov
Vladimir Sizov

On 20 April Mozyr Oil Refinery specialists detected leaks at 11 heat-exchange pipes of air-cooling units of LK-6U No.2 plant in the S-100 section. They are being fixed round the clock without separating them from the plant. The size of the damage will be determined after a major overhaul when specialists can examine the internal state of reactor sections and pipes.

Vladimir Sizov explained: “Top Belneftekhim officials are now in Moscow negotiating with the Russian company Transneft in order to initially establish prompt information exchange, understand and predict when the delivery of substandard oil will stop.”

OAO Naftan and Mozyr Oil Refinery are scheduled for major overhauls in August-October.

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