Poland proposes increasing Sarmatia's effectiveness
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 24 / Trend, E.Ismailov/
Poland proposes researching the international Sarmatia pipeline company's activities to help improve its effectiveness, Polish Deputy Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak said this week. The company is engaged in creating the Odessa-Brody-Plock-Gdansk oil-transport corridor.
Pawlak noted during the meeting of an Azerbaijan-Poland intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation in Baku that Poland is an EU member and cooperation with Azerbaijan will be of immense benefit to both countries.
He added that Poland will soon begin privatizing large enterprises. The Polish side will offer Azerbaijan to take an active part in this process.
Azerbaijani Industry and Energy Minister Natig Aliyev noted the importance of Azerbaijan-Poland ties and stressed that the basis of economic and trade cooperation is the energy sector.
The Odessa-Brody oil transportation project sought to diversify oil supplies to Ukrainian refineries and develop the country's transit potential. The pipeline's construction was completed in May 2002. Its trunk has a length of 674 kilometers, with a pipe diameter of 1,020 millimeters. The capacity of the pipeline and the terminal is 9-14 million tons per year during the first stage.
Sarmatia's participants include the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic, the Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation Ltd., Ukrainian Ukrtransnafta, Polish Przedsiebiorstwo Eksploatacji Rurociagow Naftowych Przyjazn SA and Lithuanian AB Klaipedos Nafta.