Six Venezuela crude tankers delivered to Belarus since May:source

London (Platts)--3Aug2010/657 am EDT/1057 GMT

Six tanker loads of Venezuelan crude have been delivered into Belarus so far since May, a source at Belorussian Oil Company said Tuesday. Five of the Aframax tankers, each loaded with 80,000 mt of Venezuelan Santa Barbara crude, discharged at the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Odessa and one arrived at the Estonian port of Muuga near Tallinn on the Baltic Sea. In April, Ukraine said it would help Belarus to import, process and market up to 200,000 b/d of crude that Minsk has agreed to take from Venezuela. Belarus has also been in talks with Lithuania about the possibility of shipping Venezuelan crude via Lithuania to Belarus. The crude oil discharged in Muuga will be processed at the 170,000 b/d Naftan refinery near Novopolotsk, the source said. The Naftan refinery expects to process a total of 160,000 mt of Venezuelan crude in August, with deliveries set to increase to up to 240,000 mt/month for the rest of the year, Belarus news agency Belta cited the refinery's managing director, Vyacheslav Yakushev, as saying. The crude discharged in Odessa is delivered to the 320,000 b/d Mozyr plant. The distance by rail from Muuga to Naftan is shorter than the distance between Odessa and Mozyr, Belta has said previously. --Elza Turner,


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