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Belarusian operator of Druzhba oil pipeline company “Gomeltransneft Druzhba”, informed the Russian side in the person of the state company “Transneft” about the intention to increase from 1 August, the tariff for pumping oil. It does this in order to offset the costs of the pollution incident of oil pipeline Russian oil. About it reports “Interfax-Belarus”.
Minsk insists that in connection with major oil pollution the main pipeline Russia, the Belarusian side has suffered significant losses and did not get 1.5 billion rubles (23.7 million dollars). Due to the decrease in volumes of oil pumping level of the current tariffs does not allow to cover the expenses of the Belarusian side in full, so the “Gomeltransneft Druzhba” is going to raise the tariff on oil transit through the Belarusian power by 21.7 per cent since August 1.
The Belarusian side has tried to reconcile the growth rates, however, this occurred without reference to the oil collapse on “Friendship.” For the first time the proposal to increase the transit tariff “Gomeltransneft Druzhba” has directed in “Transneft” in April, when asked to raise the rate at 23.1 percent. The Russian side objected, seeing no reason to increase the tariff, similar to the position of “Transneft” now.
According to the adviser of the President of the Russian company Igor Demin, this is the third attempt in 2019 from Belarus to raise transit tariffs. The Russian company, as in the previous two times, still did not see any reason for this. Nevertheless, the question will still be considered, but not at the company level and at the government level, the Agency said.
A major accident on the oil pipeline “Druzhba” took place in April 19, 2019, it affected all recipients of Russian oil to Europe. Due to the pollution of the pipeline had to be stopped and for compensation to foreign companies valued at billions of dollars. To clean the pipeline completely out only to 28 June. Belarus reported that she had to pump about 675 thousand tons of dirty oil.
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