It was a surprise to hear an unfamiliar voice among the clamor of a recent conference in Vienna on refining in the former Soviet Union. Delegates to the Second International Conference on the Refining Industry in the FSU heard reports from chiefs of large refineries in Russia and Ukraine on upgrades - or at least efforts to finance them. Delegates also received a rare insight into the oil industry of Belarus. Anton Loiko, president of Belnefteproduct, outlined the republic's prospects and ambitions for an oil industry privatization program. Belnefteproduct was founded in 1966, when commercial production of oil in th...

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