Russia promises to pay damages for “dirty” oil in “Friendship”

Россия обещает возместить убытки за "грязную" нефть в "Дружбе"

Russian company-monopolist “Transneft”, which is the operator of oil trunk pipelines and oil product pipelines, will pay compensation for oil pollution in the main pipeline “Druzhba”. On Thursday, may 16, said Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, reports citing DW.

He noted that compensation will be paid “to anyone who can prove that they have a real loss”. Kozak suggested that claims for compensation will be presented to all parties. “All with the understanding reacted to this, so pedal the theme of loss, – said Kozak. – Constructive attitude to the situation, and Poland, Ukraine and Hungary, Slovakia”.

According to Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Russia is not engaged in the calculation of such compensation, and focused on the physical elimination of all the consequences. Kozak also added that this topic will soon meet at a high level.

But in the Ukrainian company “Ukrtransnafta” in response to a request DW 15 may could not specify the amount which estimated the losses of Ukraine from the “dirty” Russian oil pipeline “Friendship”.

“This issue will be resolved subsequently through a supplementary agreement to the existing contract on transit of Russian oil through the territory of Ukraine,” the company said.

Meanwhile, the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko assesses the loss of the country contaminated from Russian oil in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

We will remind, on April 19, the Belarusian concern “Belneftekhim” said the sharp deterioration in the quality of oil flowing through the Druzhba pipeline from Russia. On 23 April Belarus has suspended the export of light oil products to Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic States. The next day the oil pipeline “Gomeltransneft Druzhba” stopped the polluted transit of Russian oil to Europe after telling the operator of the Polish section of “Friendship” PERN that refineries in Poland and Germany are unable to accept and recycle the oil with these figures. 25 April “Ukrtransnafta” was forced to stop the transit of oil through the main oil pipeline “Mozyr-Brody”. The energy Ministry of Russia confirmed the contamination of Russian oil dichloroethane, a toxic substance that is used as a solvent for fats and waxes. This substance has a strong corrosive action.

Substandard total volume of Russian oil with a high content of chlororganics, which have accumulated in the pipelines of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Poland, was estimated at five million tons.

As reported on may 11 “Ukrtransnafta” has renewed oil transit to the European Union’s main oil pipeline.