A new heavy fuel terminal at the Russian port of Ust-Luga will call an end to rail-shipments of oil to Estonia.
This will be Russias first port handling heavy fuel oil, the first tankers from which will take the product via Ust-Luga.
We will start to reduce railway transportation of our heavy fuel oil to Estonia. In a year we will completely stop its delivery to Estonian ports, Russias deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov says.
The first phase of the heavy fuel terminal is due to begin operations by the end of this year.
Russia is increasingly keen to export oil from its own ports. Foreign ports transhipped 75% of Russian export cargo in the late 1990s, compared to 13% this year.