Pumping station on the oil pipeline “Druzhba”
Photo: AP Photo/Sergei Grits
Russia is going to reduce the volume of deliveries of its oil to Belarus by 12% in early 2017 because of the fact that the parties before the end of last year failed to settle the dispute on payment of the debt of Minsk for gas
The Ministry of energy of Russia intends by 12% to cut oil supplies to Belarus in the first quarter of 2017. About it writes “Kommersant” with reference to sources familiar with the situation.
According to interlocutors of the edition, the Russian Agency gave the Belarusian side a new delivery schedule on December 28. According to the document, the volume of deliveries in the first three months of 2017 will amount to 4 million tons instead of the projected 4.5 million t
As noted by “Kommersant” interlocutors in the government of Belarus expressed to the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Arkady Dvorkovich disagreement with this decision. According to the decision of the Belarusian Antimonopoly authority, the rate on the tariff for transit of Russian oil through pipelines on the territory of the Republic for the company “Polotsktransneft Friendship” will grow by 11.6% and “Gomeltransneft Druzhba” — 7.7%. These rates will be in effect until the end of March. The size of the index, said the sources, arrange the Russian side, however, according to the publication, in Moscow are concerned that the tariffs are fixed in the short term.
Earlier, on 5 January, Belarus increased tariffs and approved the new rates, which from February 1 will act on the transportation of Russian oil through its territory. The last time the indexation of tariffs for transit of hydrocarbons produced in February 2016.
In may last year owned by Russian “Gazprom”, “Gazprom transgaz Belarus” has addressed in Arbitration court of Belarus with a complaint against the delay in the government payment for gas. According to the head of the energy Ministry of Russia Alexander Novak, the debt of Belarus for the put four months of 2016 gas $125 million
In Belarus, accusations Moscow has rejected the Minsk argued that in the framework of the intergovernmental agreement the price of gas had to be reduced. Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev said that the discount on the resources of Belarus is not provided. Later during a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov he confirmed the continuation of the mechanism of formation of gas prices for commercial organizations of Belarus, which was in force in 2015.