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Refineries in Belarus will begin to receive crude from Thursday

The arrival of the first train procured Belarus American oil from the Lithuanian port in Klaipeda at the refinery of Naftan, in the Vitebsk region of the Republic is expected in the coming Thursday, the press Secretary of the state concern "Belneftekhim" Alexander Tishchenko.

The first tanker for Belarus with 77 thousand tons of crude oil of the Bakken varieties arrived in the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda late in the evening of 5 June. It was planned that after unloading, the oil is sent by rail to the refinery in Novopolotsk, Vitebsk region. This is the twelfth tanker delivery this year from suppliers, the Russian alternative. The total amount of tanker deliveries exceeded 1 million tons of oil.

In may, the Belarusian foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said that the country starts buying oil from the US. According to him, this became possible on the basis of agreements reached during his visit to Minsk on 1 February, US Secretary of state Michael Pompeo and his meeting with President Alexander Lukashenko.

In the "Belneftekhim" said that the Belarusian side expects the delivery of crude oil to your refinery by pipeline from Poland. Lukashenko also said that the United States can allocate cheap loans to build a pipeline to pump oil from the Baltic to the Republic.

Belarus diversifitsirovat oil supplies to its refineries on the background of periodic price differences with major and traditional supplier - Russia. Continuing to buy Russian oil supplies through the main Druzhba pipeline and by rail, Belarus is working with the alternative transportation routes of raw materials to their refineries. Oil is delivered by sea through the ports of Klaipeda and Odessa.