Ukrainian Government Not to Allow Pumping Out Heavy Oil from Odessa-Brodi Pipe
Azerbaijan, Baku, 24 September/ Trend , A Badalova/ "The Ukrainian government will not let pump heavy technical oil from Odessa-Brodi oil pipeline," Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said at a press conference aired lively by Vesti TV channel.
The government is holding talks with countries who can be involved in completing Odessa-Brodi project, she said.
"We will never let program realized which has been launched by the Secretariat of President with a purpose of pumping heavy technical oil with which Odessa-Brodi is filled up by $300mln and to leave pipe almost without oil," she said.
Earlier, Secretariat of the Ukrainian President accused Cabinet of Ministers of delaying transfer of Odessa-Brodi oil pipeline from reverse to averse regime. On her part, Prime Minister said averse regime of pipeline is a deal between head of Secretariat of the Ukrainian President Viktor Baloga and businessman Igor Kolomoyski.
"I will by no means allow to pump out the heavy oil until all agreements have been signed amongst the governments of the countries which may use the Odessa-Brodi and long-term contracts have been inked to provide correct operation of the pipeline," said Timoshenko.
"The work is underway and is expected to be completed in near future," she said.
Ukraine completed construction of the Odessa-Brodi pipeline (674-km) in 2002. The pipe was pumping up to 14mln tons of oil to Ukraine's western border. In mid 2004, Ukrtransnafta and ВР signed a 3-year agreement on reverse use of the route, envisaging annual pumping of up to 9mln tons of oil to the Southern terminal at the Odessa port.
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