Belarus and Russia signed a Protocol on compensation for

Belarus and Russia signed a Protocol on compensation for Belarus and Russia signed a Protocol on compensation for “dirty” oil at $ 15 per barrel
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Belarus and Russia signed a Protocol providing for compensation for contaminated supplies of Russian oil through the pipeline “Friendship” rate of $ 15 per barrel, said Deputy Chairman of the Belneftekhim concern Vladimir Sizov.

“the Signed Protocol that the Russian side is ready to compensate”, – said Sizov. His words leads TASS.

He said that “we are talking about the amount by analogy with other parties” who were involved in this situation – contractors in Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Hungary. “From open sources it became known that they received compensation in the amount of $ 15 per barrel of delivered oil with a high content of chlororganics”, – said the Deputy head of the “Belneftekhim”.

He also said that the Belarusian oil refineries continue to work with the download of about 50%, in this mode they operated in January and February. “This provides a reliable domestic market, we do not see any prerequisites that we have a situation with the interruption of oil supplies. The situation is stable and predictable”, – said Sizov.

Top Manager of “Belneftekhim” also reported that processing of oil at both refineries of the Republic (Mozyr oil refinery and Naftan) will amount to 900 thousand tons per month in January-February. “For two months – approximately 1.8 million tons”, – said Sizov.

Earlier on Tuesday the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Republic Vladimir Makei said that because of the introduction of Russia’s restrictions on the export of oil products and supply of “dirty” oil export by Belarus of the product concerned in 2019 decreased by 2 billion 55 million dollars.

Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Igor Lyashenko said earlier that Minsk plans in February to send Russia a full package of documents for compensation for the supply of “dirty” oil. He noted that in January at his meeting with ex-Vice-Premier of Russia Dmitry Kozak has approved the mechanism and format of application for compensation. “Under this format, the Belarusian side prepares and sends documents,” said Lyashenko.

According to some reports, Belarus proposed to raise tariffs for the transit of Russian oil in 2020, 16.6%. Position was not supported by the Federal Antimonopoly service (FAS) of Russia, and the transit tariff from February 1, was increased only by 6.6%, reports “Interfax”.

we Remind that the Belarusian concern “Belneftekhim” on 19 April reported a sharp deterioration in the quality of oil coming from Russia via the Druzhba pipeline, which provides oil deliveries to Belarusian oil refineries and its transit to Europe through Belarus, Poland and Ukraine (about 55-60% of oil products produced by Belarusian refineries, is exported). After this, Belarus, Ukraine, Germany and Poland has suspended deliveries of crude oil from Russia via the pipeline. Supply fully resumed only on 1 July.

Russia and Belarus created a working group on restoration of deliveries of oil on “to Friendship” and the assessment of damages, agreed on a roadmap for the replacement of substandard oil on the net in Belarus.

8 August, Belarus announced that it has completed the cleaning of oil pipelines on its territory contaminated by chlorides of Russian oil.

Minsk and Moscow in early August agreed to increase the tariff on oil transportation via the territory of Belarus by 3.7% from 1 September. In addition, at the end of 2019 is planned to analyze the situation of oil pumping via the Belarusian part of the pipeline and determined the size of future rate adjustments.

President Vladimir Putin at a meeting with the head of Transneft, Nikolai Tokarev, called the pollution export oil pipeline “very serious economic, material and image damage” to Russia.

In the ongoing RF IC investigation, it was found that the contamination of the oil with chlorides in the pipeline “Druzhba” took place through private “Smartasset-terminal”, which takes the raw material of several small manufacturers. However, it was not without corruption: employees of the subsidiaries of Transneft, JSC, took bribes for their knowledge in the pipeline, of strategic importance was leaking dirty oil.