By Nigar Abbasova
Ukrtransneft, Ukraine’s state operator of oil pipelines has announced about the technological readiness of Ukraine's Odesa-Brody main oil pipeline, linking the Ukrainian port city of Odesa at the Black Sea and the town of Brody on the Ukrainian-Polish border, to launch oil transits through the Ukrainian territory from Azerbaijan to the Central European countries, UNIAN agency reported.
"The company's infrastructure is ready from a technical point of view to start the transportation of Azerbaijani oil ... The Odesa-Brody main oil pipeline is filled with technological oil of Azeri Light grade [Azerbaijan's light oil grade intended for export] and is ready to transport oil to the Brody station," the statement read.
The company further reported that the technological condition of a railroad overpass, which is located in Brody, is proper and ready for the transfer of oil from pipeline to tank car and vice-versa.
“Ukrtransneft is currently in talks with the Azerbaijani side and other interested parties on the creation of new routes for the delivery of Azerbaijani oil to European consumers from the territory of Ukraine,” the company said.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Infrastructure earlier approved a 75-percent discount for the oil transiting tankers that enter the South port, and for the Odessa-Brody oil pipeline. The decision was aimed at the creation of favorable terms for oil transiting using the Odessa-Brody pipeline.
Bandwidth capacity of the pipeline is approximately 14.5 million tons of oil per year. The integration of the pipeline with the South marine oil terminal allows provision of oil receiving from waters of the Black Sea with its further transportation by means of pipeline transport.
Odessa-Brody oil transport project is aimed at diversification of the oil supply to Ukrainian refineries and developing the country’s transit opportunities. The construction of Odessa-Brody was completed in May 2002. The length of the pipeline is 674 kilometers, while the diameter of the pipe is to 1,020 millimeters.
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