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18 Feb 2020

Belneftekhim continues negotiating reverse oil deliveries with Poland

Belneftekhim continues negotiating reverse oil deliveries with Poland
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MINSK, 18 February (BelTA) – The Belarusian state petrochemical concern Belneftekhim continues negotiations with Poland on organizing reverse oil deliveries, BelTA has learned.

The Belneftekhim press service said: “Negotiations continue with the Polish side on organizing reverse delivery of oil via the Druzhba pipeline from Poland to Belarus.”

First Deputy Director General, Chief Engineer of OAO Gomeltransneft Druzhba Andrei Verigo previously stated that the technology allows pumping oil from Poland to Belarus in reverse mode. 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, this is why only intermittent reverse deliveries are possible.

BelTA reported earlier that contracts on delivering Russian oil to Belarus expired on 31 December 2019. The sides have been in negotiations on extending the contracts since then, but have not been able to agree on the terms. The companies RussNeft and Neftisa controlled by the Russian businessman Mikhail Gutseriyev resumed deliveries of crude materials to Belarus on 4 January. Apart from that, the first batch of Norwegian oil reached the Belarusian oil refinery Naftan on 26 January.

Another round of talks involving the presidents of Belarus and Russia took place on 7 February. After the talks it was stated that Minsk and Moscow will continue discussing oil deliveries purely on commercial terms.

News was released on 17 February that Oil Company Yangpur, a daughter enterprise of the Belarusian state petrochemical concern Belneftekhim, extracts oil in Russia’s Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District and intends to supply oil to Belarus. Belneftekhim representatives did not specify either the volume or the schedule of deliveries.

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