The Russian company "Transneft" has disconnected from Belarus pipeline Polotsk-Ventspils. According to the newspaper gazeta.ru, Belarus hoped to use the pipeline for a quick and cheap Venezuelan oil transfer from the port to the refinery Ventspilsu "Naftan". Belarus also suffered financial losses in the pipeline Polotsk — Ventspils were about 150,000 tons of crude oil worth about $ 90 million. LatRosTrans company announced its proprietary technology for oil and began its withdrawal from the pipeline on November 25.
The conflict over oil pipeline Polotsk-Ventspils we asked to comment on the expert in energy issues, a former official of the Ministry of Energy of Belarus Valentine Mackiewicz.
Mackiewicz: This conflict has both political and economic motives. But in any case this is a major blow to Lukashenko, on those routes
transportation of oil, which he developed in order to show how he can do without Russia. If discharged 150,000 tons of oil, the pipe may soon turn into a rusty iron, which is absolutely unnecessary. And the option of transit of oil from Ventspilsu on Navapolack may disappear altogether.
Lukashenko to save himself, enjoys the operating time of the Belarusian Popular Front. His ship is sinking now, and he remembered the achievements BNF 17-year-old and trying to apply them.
Reporter: And for how long the pipeline stopped working? They now want to upload there nitrogen. Maybe the work of the pipeline to recover quickly?
Mackiewicz: When the reverse option will be developed when the project will be developed, the pumps will work toward Novopolotsk, but it is not less than one year of training, then to fill the tube, you will need
another 150,000 tons. It is more than 2 big tankers, it's about $ 90 million.
As it turns out, this technical oil "Belneftekhim" tried to enter as a shareholder in the Latvian oil pipelines. But today we can say that this option is closed, Russia shows who is the boss.
There are courts, it is necessary to bring them through their position.
Reporter: You said that Russia has shown who is the boss. However, the Russian company has only 34% of the shares at the Latvian-Russian company, which now pumps out technical oil from the pipe. 64% is owned by the Latvian side, the Latvian Foreign Ministry in this conflict — on the side of the company. Latvia — a member of the EU and NATO. And then Russia?
Mackiewicz: But 34% — a blocking stake. Although some may indeed
questions here and there from the European Union. However, most commentators agree that, in such a way that it blocks the way for Russian oil from the Baltic to Belarus.
Recently spoke Latvian ambassador and he warned the authorities of Belarus, what you need negotiate with Russia. So it seems that the Russian component is stronger.