Belarus to raise tariffs for the transit of Russian oil

Belarus to raise tariffs for the transit of Russian oil

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The operator of oil production on the petrochemical enterprise “Belorusneft”

Photo: Viktor Drachev/TASS

Belarus has raised tariffs for transportation of Russian oil through its territory. Under the new regulation, the cost of transit to Russia will increase from 1 February

On 1 February, Belarus increases tariffs for transit of Russian oil through its territory. This is stated in the decree of the Ministry of Antimonopoly regulation and trade (MARCH) from December 30, 2016. The text of the document published on 5 January on the national legal Internet portal.

From the document follows that the transportation of oil via trunk pipelines of OJSC “Gomeltransneft Druzhba” on the route Unecha (High) — Adam Zastava is set at 287,90 rubles per ton without VAT (previously 267,32 rubles). Transportation of ton of oil on the route Unecha (Vysokoye) — Brody will be now 123,66 RUB (previously 114,82 RUB)

The new tariffs will apply from 1 February to 31 March 2017.

The last time the tariffs for transportation of Russian oil through the territory of Belarus were increased on 1 February 2016.

In October 2016, Belarus unilaterally decided to increase the tariff for transit of Russian oil to 1.5 times. The document should come into force on 11 October 2016. However, on 10 October, Vice-Premier of Belarus Vladimir Semashko said that Belarus has cancelled the decision on increase of tariffs for transit of Russian oil in exchange for the restoration of oil supplies from Russia to the Belarusian side.

At the end of December last year, the adviser of the President of “Transneft” Igor Demin said that the Russian company considers economically feasible to increase tariffs for pumping oil through the territory of Belarus from February 1, 2017. Demin said that we are talking about the growth of prices for the transit of “Gomeltransneft Druzhba” in 5.8% and “Polotsktransneft Friendship” by 11.76%.

In turn, the Chairman of Belneftekhim concern Igor Lyashenko said that the issue of tariffs for transit of oil was seen on 27 December during a meeting of the Belarusian delegation with representatives of the Federal Antimonopoly service of Russia. “We put their studies and want to increase the rate of 20.5%”, — told 28 December, the Chairman of “Belneftekhim”.