“The distance between the Norwegian coast, where the tanker is loaded, and our enterprise is 2,300 km. The delivery took less than seven days. The first train from the Klaipeda port reached the Novopolotsk station within a day. Technological operations on oil discharge and its preparation for processing are underway. After that we will start processing it. The rest of the batch will be delivered by one or two trains per day,” said Naftan Director General Aleksandr Demidov.
Aleksandr Demidov said that it would be possible to say more about further prospects of using Norwegian oil after all the analyses are conducted. “We have bought this grade for the 1st time. We will look into all aspects. In our opinion, this grade is not bad. Another important aspect is that the raw materials are purchased without mediators, directly from one of the companies involved in the Norwegian oil production project. Besides, we have developed good relations with the suppliers,” the director general added.
Aleksandr Demidov stressed that the plant had been tasked to use alternative sources for raw materials on a systematic basis. “This is what we are doing today. We have a database of technical grades. We are currently optimizing it, keeping track of new grades, selecting the most optimal of them in terms of technological parameters and economy,” the Naftan head said. After the necessary operations on the oil input quality control were completed, the 1st tonnes of oil were supplied to the Naftan tanks.
On 1 January Russia stopped delivering oil to Belarus. Belarusian oil refineries – Mozyr Oil Refinery and Naftan – reduced their workload to the minimum the technology allows. On 4 January Belneftekhim announced its agreement with a Russian company for the 1st batch of oil without paying a premium. The Belarusian government said that ways for alternative oil supplies are under consideration.