Polluted Russian oil delivered to Ukraine, Europe

Source : 112 Ukraine

Belarus is considering replacement of oil suppliers
15:00, 23 April 2019

Belarus oil company

Polluted Russian oil with increased content of organochlorine compounds has reached Europe through Ukraine, as Vladimir Sizov, Deputy Chairman of Belneftekhim concern, said, Interfax reported.

“The samples taken on the border with Belarus and Poland showed that low-quality oil has reached the territory of the EU. We also have information which says that oil with modified characteristics is already in Ukraine,” Sizov stated.

Belarus continues assessing the damage done by polluted oil delivery to the country.

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“For now the damage is being assessed. Moreover, while now obvious things are on the surface such as omissions of the heat-exchange equipment, the internal state of the reactors and pipelines can be estimated after major repairs. Therefore, we involve independent experts, Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry,” he stressed.

Sergei Gryb, Deputy Director General of the Belarusian oil company, also said that Belarus was considering replacement of oil suppliers, as he told the journalists, TASS reported.

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According to Gryb, they consider replacement of deliveries from Russia with deliveries through the ports of the Baltic states and Ukraine.

“We want to start supplies this year,” he noted.

Belarus suspended the export of light oil products to Ukraine, Poland, and the Baltic states. Supply of poor-quality oil from Russia was the reason for the decision.

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