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9 Jun 2020

First batch of U.S. oil expected to reach Belarusian oil refinery Naftan on 11 June

First batch of U.S. oil expected to reach Belarusian oil refinery Naftan on 11 June
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MINSK, 9 June (BelTA) – Belneftekhim expects the first batch of U.S. oil to reach the oil refinery Naftan on 11 June, BelTA learned from Aleksandr Tishchenko, Press Secretary of the Belarusian state petrochemical concern Belneftekhim.

The first train carrying U.S. oil left the Lithuanian city of Klaipeda for Belarus on 9 June. It means the first batch of oil will reach Naftan on Thursday, the press secretary said.

A tanker carrying 77,000 tonnes of U.S. oil of the Bakken variety from Texas arrived in the Klaipeda port on 5 June. The crude oil is supposed to be processed by the Novopolotsk-based refinery OAO Naftan.

Martinas Burba, a representative of Lithuanian Railways, told the news agency BNS, they intend to deliver the entire amount of oil to Belarus within ten days.

According to Belneftekhim, it will be the 12th tanker shipment of oil Belarus has acquired from alternative sources this year. The total amount of oil delivered by tankers has already exceeded 1 million tonnes.

The deal to deliver the first batch of U.S. oil to Belarus was sealed with assistance of the American energy resources trading company United Energy Trading and with assistance of the U.S. company Getka and their Polish partner UNIMOT.

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