24 Jul 2019 19:35

Transneft decision on compensation for contaminated oil unilateral - Belneftekhim

MINSK. July 24 (Interfax) - A decision by Transneft on maximum compensation for contaminated oil in the Druzhba pipeline in the amount of $15 per barrel is a unilateral one, Belneftekhim deputy head Vladimir Sizov was quoted as saying by state news agency BelTA.

"I consider it inappropriate to comment on a localized decision by Transneft on compensation for freight dispatchers, which concerns its contractual relationships with oil companies, without seeing the text of the decision. At the same time, consistent with a universal legal rule, a liable party cannot unilaterally determine the extent of its liability to those to whom it is liable," Sizov said.

Belneftekhim expects the elaboration of compensation mechanisms to be accelerated, he said.

"The pipe has been cleaned, and work to compensate losses is coming to the fore," Sizov said.

"There's been a decision on the need to develop mechanisms of compensation, a special working group has been created. Unfortunately, since the Russian side is busy, it basically hasn't begun working. I think the process will intensify in the near future, since the solution of the original main task, replacing the contaminated oil in the pipeline, has practically been completed," he said.