20.01.2021

Belarus will demand compensation from Russia because of poor-quality oil

Belarus will discuss with Transneft representatives the consequences of low-quality oil coming through the pipeline from Russia, Chairman of the Belneftekhim state concern Andrei Rybakov said on Saturday.

“The Belarusian side will insist on working out compensation mechanisms,” Sputnik quoted  Belarus as quoting Rybakov  .

On Friday, Belneftekhim announced a deterioration in the quality of the Russian export blend Urals, which enters in transit to the section of the trunk pipeline of OAO Gomeltransneft Druzhba. The concern claims that the pipeline “supplies oil with a content of organochlorine compounds,” while their volume exceeds the standard values ​​by a factor of ten. Belneftekhim also noted that “the Belarusian side requested an official meeting with representatives of Transneft PJSC to resolve the situation.” The adviser to the president of the Russian company, Igor Dyomin, told RIA Novosti that the situation with the quality of oil in the Druzhba pipeline should normalize by Monday and Tuesday.

According to the head of Belneftekhim, the Mozyr Refinery was the first to receive oil with serious deviations in quality, and “some samples showed an excess of organochlorine compounds a hundred times.” As Fishermen explained, the danger of these compounds lies in their high corrosive aggressiveness; it is also possible to drive in separate heat exchanging equipment and an expensive catalyst system.

“Based on the uniqueness of the equipment, its repair will take half a year or more. If we talk about monetary terms, it is at least tens of millions of dollars, the damage may amount to many hundreds of millions of dollars,” he said.

The head of the concern also noted that, given the length of the Druzhba pipeline, the second Belarusian refinery, Naftan, did not receive oil with a high content of organochlorine, however, on this basis, it was decided to reduce the capacity utilization of oil refining at Naftan “by 50%, which” allows us to better prepare ourselves to minimize the possible consequences. “

Rybakov noted that poor-quality oil is localized on technical transitions, this product is taken out of the refining process. Thus, only quality products that meet all standards – gasoline, diesel fuel – come out of oil refineries. As for the consequences due to the receipt of poor-quality black gold, the damage is difficult to calculate, some consequences may not occur now, but will make themselves felt after a while, said the head of Belneftekhim.

According to him, in fact, the Belarusian refinery had to become a filter of negative aspects that are associated with the receipt of a low-quality product from Russia into the pipeline. “It is required to replace this oil with a quality product with no excess of permissible concentration on organochlorine. We are working on this and waiting for information from the Russian side,” he added.

Transneft Recognizes the Delivery of Poor-Quality Oil to Belarus

The Russian company Transneft acknowledged the fact of the supply of poor-quality raw materials to Belarus, reports  “Naftan Bulletin” .

The source of contamination of raw materials was found at the site of Samara-Unecha, reported at a meeting at the plant “Naftan”.

According to operational monitoring data, poor-quality oil should flow to the Belarusian enterprise from the southern branch from Sunday to Monday.

In order to preserve the equipment of the plant, its load will be reduced by 40 percent.

As the Russian Ministry of Energy told reporters, the deterioration of the quality of oil in the Druzhba pipeline is technical. The incident is not related to the interaction of Moscow and Minsk in the oil and gas sector in the medium and long term, the department said.

“Deterioration (oil quality – Ed.) Is due to excess content of organic chlorides in oil over the standard. This fact was discovered by PJSC Transneft this week, after which measures were immediately taken to bring this indicator to the norm the emergence of increased concentration and redirection of cargo traffic “, – said the representatives of the Ministry.

The situation with the supply of oil to Belarus through the pipeline is under constant monitoring of the Ministry of Energy and Transneft.

Normalization of the quality of raw materials is expected in the near future. Oil is exported in a regular mode.

“We note that there is a constructive dialogue with our Belarusian partners to minimize the consequences for the refineries located in Belarus, including through the use of an alternative supply route to the Mozyr and Novopolotsk refineries,” the Ministry of Energy said.

On Friday, April 19, Belneftekhim was told about the deterioration in the quality of oil that comes in transit to the section of the trunk oil pipeline OJSC Gomeltransneft Druzhba. In connection with this, the concern temporarily restricted the export of Belarusian oil products.

According to Igor Demin, Transneft Presidential Advisor, the quality of raw materials should be normalized by Monday and Tuesday.

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