Today at about eight o’clock in the morning a trained staff consisting of 59 tanks filled with crude oil arrived at Novopolotsk station. This is reported in the press service of the state concern Belneftekhim.
Once the necessary documentation is completed, the raw materials will go to the Naftan refinery.
The approximate volume of the first shipment delivered to the refinery was 3.5 thousand tons. He arrived from the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda, where the Breiviken ship from Norway arrived on Friday. In total, 86,000 tons of oil destined for the Naftan refinery arrived on this vessel.
It is planned that the oil will be transported by dozens of trains. It is important to note that Minsk does not yet name the cost, which costs a barrel of Norwegian oil, transported first by sea, then by rail.
At the same time, it is stated that all this volume will be delivered from Lithuania to its destination for about 2 weeks. The Lithuanian Railways assured that 90 wagons will be used daily to transport oil. Delivery will be made by two trains of 40-50 cars.
Before that, Belarus consumed only Russian oil. Its volume of purchases in 2019 amounted to 17.6 million tons. After the shutdown of supplies from Russia, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko made proposals for purchases of crude oil to several oil-producing countries. Against the background of volumes, usually “contracted” in Russia, the volumes of Norwegian oil look like a drop in the sea. And – an expensive drop.