Transneft, the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation and the buyers of Russian oil have started negotiations on financial aspects caused by the incident with the pollution of the Druzhba pipeline.
“Now there is a meeting between Russian suppliers, Transneft and European customers, including traders. These negotiations are on technical issues, on financial aspects”, said Russian Deputy Energy Minister Pavel Sorokin to journalists.
It is expected that general principles for resolving the problem will be worked out, the details of the company will be discussed separately between counterparties, he said.
Sorokin noted that a lot of work has already been done to oust the “dirty” oil from the Druzhba pipeline.
“A large range of problems is discussed here, including the emergence of this situation, what steps will be taken, what stage we are now in terms of the restoration of supplies. Much work has already been done”, he said.
“The flow of clean oil to the south towards Hungary and Slovakia was restored. Clean oil is already on one of the branches in each direction. The Belarusian refinery has been receiving clean oil since May”, the official said.
“And in general, the “roadmap” that we signed with the Belarusian side and our colleagues from Europe is fully implemented”, added Sorokin.
Recall that in April pumping of Russian oil through the Druzhba pipeline was suspended due to the elevated chloride content.