In Belarus has begun the repair of two sections of main oil pipeline “Druzhba”, which is an ongoing deliveries of Russian oil to Europe, the report said JSC “Gomeltransneft Druzhba”.
Estimated completion of repairs — 6 Feb. But last month, a similar operation took twice more time than expected before they start.
How much of this time limited the supply, not specified. But provided that the degree of danger of defects, repair methods and location of damage were forced to accept the decision on reduction of the pumping mode on the stretch “Mozyr — Brest” with partial decommissioning of individual sections.
At the same time, according to the press service of the company, will be the reconstruction of technological pipelines, oil pumping station “Kobrin” and PS “Rounds”.
During the January repair supplies from Russia to Poland is limited to 50 percent. The Belarusian operator warned the Russian side that similar work will take place each month. According to analysts, by the fixation and tightening of its terms Minsk may try to put pressure on Russia during negotiations to increase tariffs.
From the 1st of February the tariffs for pumping of Russian oil to Europe via trunk pipeline “Druzhba” raised to 6.6 percent. Minsk insisted on significantly more growth that would help offset losses from the “tax maneuver” and supply dirty oil but the parties have not found the compromise. To return to the negotiations, the Belarusian authorities intend to fly.
Moscow and Minsk fail to agree on Russian oil supplies to Belarusian refineries. Because of this, the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has ordered to look for ways of alternative supplies. 100 percent to supply the country with oil promised during his first visit to Belarus, the US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo.