First Vice President of Transneft Maksim Grishanin took part in a ceremony commemorating the 25th anniversary of signing the CPC shareholder agreement. On the sidelines of the event which took place in Nur-Sultan, Republic of Kazakhstan, he answered questions from journalists.
On Oil Transportation
More crude will have been transported over the Transneft system in 2021 than last year, but the level of 2019 won't be hit yet, said Grishanin.
“It will be higher than last year, but won’t reach the level of 2019. The same can be said about export,” he added.
On Operations of the Belarusian Subsidiary
Transneft is studying the possibility of keeping up the operations of its Belarusian subsidiary Zapad-Transnefteproduct that supplies petroleum products from Russian and Belarusian refineries to Hungary and Latvia and will not suspend them this year, First Vice President told reporters. In his words, Transneft is holding intense negotiations with Belarus.
“We are studying this matter. These are assets, human resources, in the first place. We cannot just close down this enterprise. This year we’ll keep going,” he said answering the question about the possible suspension of this Company’s activities.
“It makes no sense to raise the Belarusian tariffs anyway, since they are already high enough, we've repeatedly submitted our request to the Belarusian regulator to lower them, but so far our pleas have fallen on deaf ears,” stated Mr Grishanin during his conversation with journalists.