On 9 April 2020, a meeting of member companies of the International Association of Oil Transporters (IAOT) was held on the issues of uninterrupted operation of oil transportation infrastructure under the conditions of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time it was held as a teleconference, which allowed to connect remotely the offices of oil pipeline companies and employees of the Association’s member companies.
The participants listened to the keynote speech by Liu Zhigang, Deputy Director General of PetroChina Pipeline Company, on the experience of their Chinese colleagues regarding the pandemic. Boris Korol, Vice President of Transneft, made a report on the integrated approach and measures taken to reduce the threat to the health of the team due to the complicated sanitary and epidemiological situation. Representatives of the management of the IAOT member companies spoke about various aspects of oil pipeline companies’ operation in the difficult quarantine and isolation situation.
The discussion was also attended by Mikhail Margelov, Vice President of Transneft; Jaroslav Kocián, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Director General of MERO ČR, a. s. and Chairman of the IAOT Governing Board; Ondřej Šmolík, Secretary General of the IAOT and Head of the Department of MERO ČR, a. s.; Martin Ruzinsky, Executive Director of the IAOT, Vice Board Chairman and Director of Operation and Commerce of TRANSPETROL; Szilárd Szedlár, Deputy Director General of TRANSPETROL; Attila Tóth, Director of Oil and Petroleum Products Supplies of MOL; Endre Béres-Deák, Head of Maintenance of MOL; Ambrus Katalin, Commercial Director of MOLTRADE-Mineralimpex Trading Co. Ltd; Erika Sinčić Ružić, Deputy Director of the Department of JANAF; Sergey Bulychev and Andrey Petrenko, Deputy Directors General of Gomeltransneft Druzhba; Sabit Arynov, Deputy Director General of KazTransOil; Sergey Kvach, Engineering Director of Ukrtransnafta, and other management representatives of the IAOT member companies.
The participants noted the importance and timeliness of measures taken by pipeline transport operators to ensure uninterrupted operation of transport systems and reduce threats to the health of workers in a harsh epidemiological environment.
The IAOT was established in 2013 in Prague as an international non-profit and non-governmental organisation. The main purposes of the IAOT are comprehensive assistance in ensuring uninterrupted supply of oil and petroleum products to international energy markets, as well as the development of relations between the participants of the association at the national, regional and international levels. At present, eight companies from the Czech Republic, Russia (Transneft), Slovakia, Belarus, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and China are members of the Association. The international Caspian Pipeline Consortium and the operator of the oil pipeline system in the Republic of Croatia (JANAF) have the observer status.