Belarus can deliver 4-6 million tonnes of oil products via Russian ports as it redirects its cargo flows from the seaports of Lithuania to Russia, Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak said in an interview to the Rossiya 24 TV channel.
The corresponding agreements are expected to be reached in the near future, the minister noted.
“As it is known, our north-western cluster has free capacities in the seaports of Primorsk, St. Petersburg and Ust-Luga. The parties are currently studying the conditions. The volumes may reach 4-6 million tonnes of oil products,” Alexander Novak said.
"In early September, the minister said that Belarus would be able to deliver over 3-4 million tonnes of oil products via the Russian seaports. We hope that such agreements will be reached in the near future,” Novak noted.
Belarusian BelTA has reported earlier that Moscow and Minsk started working on redirecting oil product supplies from the seaports of Lithuania to Russia. In September Russia would prepare proposals on the delivery of Belarusian oil products via the Russian ports, Alexander Novak said.
A batch of 95,000 tons of Azerbaijani oil will be also shipped this week from Ceyhan port to Belarus. SOCAR has so far shipped 2 tanker batches of Azerbaijani oil to Belarus - one with the volume of 90,000 tons, and the other of 85,000 tons.
Oil supplies from Azerbaijan to Belarus in the southern direction through Ukraine were resumed in March due to the lack of imports from major Russian companies due to price discrepancies.