Ukraine to batch light oil in Odesa-Brody pipeline

Ukraine is planning to conduct an experimental delivery of 40,000 tons of light, domestic oil along the Odesa-Brody pipeline, then via Slovakia to the refinery at Kralupy in the Czech Republic.

Eric Watkins
Senior Correspondent

LOS ANGELES, May 20 -- Ukraine is planning to conduct an experimental delivery of 40,000 tons of light, domestic oil along the Odesa-Brody pipeline, then via Slovakia to the refinery at Kralupy in the Czech Republic.

The experiment will help specify some "technological and economic parameters of the batching or "separate pumping" in one pipe of different brands of oil, with their specificities preserved," according to Bohdan Sokolovskyi, a Ukrainian government spokesman.

Sokolovsky said a contract was drafted for delivering a trial batch of 40,000 tons of light oil of Ukrainian origin in "the near future."

Last week, Oleh Dubyna, chairman of state oil and gas company Naftohaz Ukrayiny, said the Odessa-Brody oil pipeline would start carrying light oil in its originally-planned direction from the Caspian Sea toward Europe this summer (OGJ, May 12, 2008, Newsletter).

Contact Eric Watkins at hippalus@yahoo.com.

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