Azerbaijani oil supplies to Ukraine for refining contributes to development Odessa-Brody: ambassador
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 5 / Trend E.Ismayilov /
Oil transportation via the Dnepr pipelines to the Kremenchug oil refinery plant (ORP) is a good example of the Azerbaijani oil supplies to Ukraine, Ukrainian Ambassador in Azerbaijan Boris Klimchuk said on Oct.5.
The plant purchased two shipments of the Azerbaijani light crude oil, totaling 160,000 tons.
One party was shipped from the Georgian Black Sea port of Supsa, to where it was transported via the Baku-Supsa pipeline and the second from the port of Ceyhan, to where it was delivered by the Baku - Tbilisi - Ceyhan oil pipeline.
At present, oil is shipped in Odessa and then it will be delivered to the ORP via the Odessa-Kremenchug pipeline.
The project on oil delivery to Ukraine for refining indicates to the possibility of the Azerbaijani oil transportation through the Odessa-Brody pipeline.
According to the ambassador, if there is a possibility of pumping oil through the Odessa-Kremenchug, respectively, there is a possibility of transporting of the Azerbaijani oil through the Odessa-Brody pipeline.
"If oil is shipped to Kremenchug, why it cannot be shipped to Brody," Klimchuk said.
The Odessa-Brody oil project was planned to diversify oil supplies to Ukrainian refineries and transit facilities for the development of the country. Construction of the Odessa-Brody oil pipeline was completed in May 2002. The pipeline has a length of 674 km, diameter - 1,020 millimeters. The pipeline and the terminal's capacity are 9-14 million tons per year. The Odessa-Brody oil pipeline was planned to be used to transport the Caspian oil to Europe. Ukraine unsuccessfully sought to agree on transportation of the Caspian oil vie it in a direct regime within two years since its construction. Not receiving concrete proposals from companies. The Ukrainian government permitted to use the pipeline to transport the Russian oil in a reverse regime in late June 2004.
Thus, since the construction, the oil pipeline has been used in a reserve direction which envisages transporting the Russian oil from Brody to Odessa and further - via tankers through the Black Sea straits.
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