Belarus fully complies with commitment of Russian oil transit

MINSK, November 23 (Itar-Tass) -- Belarus fully complies with its commitment of Russian oil transit, Belneftekhim press secretary Marina Kostyuchenko told Itar-Tass.

"Belarus fully complies with its commitment of Russian oil transit to the West. The Druzhba oil pipeline still has a potential, and transit may be enlarged," she said, as a trial crude delivery was being made through the Odessa-Brody and Druzhba pipelines to the Mozyr refinery.

"The trial delivery is being done on schedule, and the pipeline operates smoothly," she noted.

The Belarusian Petroleum Company said that the trial delivery, which started on Saturday, would last through the week. "The operation of pumps and the pipeline pressure were adjusted to ensure maximum security," the company said.

The Odessa-Brody pipeline was started up in the direct mode on November 20 to bring crude to Mozyr. The pipeline is carrying Russian Urals-brand crude acquired from Venezuela in a swap deal.

The Belarusian Petroleum Company and Ukrtransnafta signed the crude transit agreement for the period through 2013 in October.


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