OAO Gomeltransneft Druzhba, a subsidiary of Russia’s Transneft, has begun construction work on a pipeline between two oil tank farms in Mozyr and in Polotsk, Belarus, according to Belarusian state news agency BelTA.
The deputy prime minister of Belarus, Yuri Nazarov announced at a ceremony marking the beginning of construction work on the Gomel-Gorki trunk line that the storage capacity of the two tank farms will be increased by up to 1 million tonnes by 2025.
The 207 km Gomel-Gorki line will have a capacity of 6 million tpa, and is expected to cost BYN 300 million (€99.9 million). It will connect the southern and northern branches of the Belarusian oil transport system, and the developers expect that it will help to diversify the country’s crude oil imports and reduce tramsport dependencies. The trunk line will make moving raw materials between Belarus’ two oil refineries and tank farms easier, and assist with the formation of the country’s strategic reserves. Commissioning is planned in September 2022.
Nazarov attended the construction ceremony alongside Vitaly Milevich, deputy chairman of the Belarusian state petrochemical firm Belneftekhim, Gennady Solovei, chairman of the Gomel Oblast Executive Committee, Oleg Borisenko, Gomeltransneft Druzhba director general and Aleksandr Lyakhov, Belorusneft director general, who all left their signatures near the first welding seam.
‘The cost of this investment project is not that big but this project is significant because it will connect two oil tank farms in Mozyr and in Polotsk. It will enable the safety and manoeuvrability of the two large oil storage facilities. We are also modernising them and expanding their oil storage capacity. It is necessary to secure a permanent supply of raw materials and an uninterrupted operation of the two Belarusian oil refineries regardless of various factors,’ he said at the ceremony.