Belarus estimated the damage caused to the Mozyr Oil Refinery as a result of oil pollution in the Druzhba pipeline, at $20 million. The Vice Prime Minister Ihor Lyashenko told it at the parliament, Nefterynok reports.
“The Mozyr Oil Refinery, without having an alternative source of oil supply, had to optimize its technological process in order to protect equipment from critical wear. The amount of equipment that has already failed and is set aside is equivalent to $20 million”, Lyashenko said.
The Russian side received a notice of the inventory of damaged property. In August, the company will begin a scheduled overhaul, inspection of all systems and equipment.
Belarus is also ready to go to court if the Russian side refuses to compensate for lost profits from oil supplies. So far, compensation concerns only losses from damage to the process equipment at the Mozyr Oil Refinery.
“According to the materials that we put for the consideration of the Russian side, the speech concerned the volume of oil refining at the Mozyr Oil Refinery. No deals took place on it, even China did not accept this oil for processing. Naturally, we made our claim amount. I will shy away from calling it concrete for the time being, but it is multi-digit and significant”, the Vice Prime Minister said.
It is estimated that the country did not receive 250 thousand tons of oil due to problems with Druzhba pipeline.
The Vice Prime Minister said that at present, work is underway to displace oil from the territory of Belarus.
“The measures taken will allow completely replacing all substandard oil with quality oil by August 15. As of June 26, the volume of displacement in the direction of the Russian station Unecha amounted to 705.2 thousand tons”, said Lyashenko.
Earlier it was reported that Belarus, by the end of 2019, plans to launch an offshore oil import through the Baltic ports and Ukraine, which is alternative to Russia. Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria are considered supplier countries.