Belarus to demand compensation of losses for delivery of low-quality oilChristian Fernsby ▼ | May 2, 2019
Belneftekhim says that the matter of compensation for the losses it suffered from the delivery of low-quality Urals crude to Belarus has yet to be settled and that the country intends to demand an appropriate sum from the Russian side.
Nikolai Tokarev, head of Transneft, told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that the contamination had been deliberately conducted by a private firm in the Russian region of Samara, on the Volga river.
The company "accumulates oil from small producers in the Ulyanovsk, Orenburg and Samara regions ... and is transferring it to the pipeline system", said Tokarev, a close ally of Putin, without identifying the company.
"This company ... has deliberately injected oil that was not properly prepared (for entry to the pipeline system)."
Tokarev added that Belarus had received clean oil from Russia on Tuesday, while contaminated oil was being returned from Belarus to Russia by rail. ■