Belarusian oil pipeline company to reach 40% of designed throughput capacity on 10-11 MayGOMEL, 30 April (BelTA) – OAO Gomeltransneft Druzhba intends to reach 60-65% of the nominal annual average or 40% of the designed throughput capacity on 10-11 May, BelTA learned from Andrei Verigo, First Deputy Director General, Chief Engineer of OAO Gomeltransneft Druzhba.
The executive said that to make it happen, all the partners and operators will have to honor their commitments to the letter. “We are intent on starting the system as soon as possible but one has to bear in mind that this launch is only the beginning. The system will operate with reduced functionality,” he specified. At least half a year of intensive work will be needed to fully restore the system’s operation.
According to OAO Gomeltransneft Druzhba, the pumping of oil compliant with standard parameters began at 17:40 on 29 April right after a pipeline pig (a capsule-shaped object travelling through the pipeline to perform specific functions such as flow separation). The flow of standard oil began from the Russian line operation dispatcher station Unecha towards the Belarusian-Russian border and the line operation dispatcher station Mozyr.
As of 8:00 on 30 April all the routing instructions for the month were fulfilled and oil reception from the Russian Federation was fully stopped. Quality oil is located at the 30th km of the Unecha-Mozyr line or one third of the way from the Unecha station to the Belarusian-Russian border. Quality oil transportation in the Belarusian territory is supposed to be resumed after poor-quality oil is removed from the Russian section approximately on 2 May. “We will use this forced pause to try to do all the repair work we need right now,” Andrei Verigo specified.
In his words, the measures will allow restoring the operation of only one line of the Druzhba pipeline. The second line will stay idle for an indefinite period of time. It will store substandard oil meanwhile.
Preliminary estimates put the total amount of substandard oil in Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, and Polish pipelines at about 5 million tonnes.
On 19 April Belneftekhim reported a massive decrease in the quality of the Russian oil mixture Urals flowing in transit into the main oil pipeline section operated by OAO Polotsktransneft Druzhba. The oil pipeline system Druzhba is designed to deliver oil to Belarusian oil refineries and transport oil to Europe in transit via Belarus in two directions – via Poland and via Ukraine. Poland and Ukraine have stopped oil transit. Negotiations involving representatives of Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, and Poland took place in Minsk on 26 April in a bid to resolve the situation with poor-quality Russian oil. A Belneftekhim delegation continued negotiations at premises of the Russian Energy Ministry in Moscow on 29 April.