A week ago Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius stated that the Venezuelan oil bound for Belarus will reach Lithuania in the ‘near future’. This fact was confirmed by the Lithuanian business daily Verslo zinios today. According to the daily, Klaipedos Nafta (Klaipeda Oil) is expecting a tanker with some 80.000 tons of the Venezuelan oil this autumn.
The daily reported that Belarus plans to import some 2 million tons of oil through Klaipeda, that is 160.000 tons per month. Klaipedos Nafta handles such an amount in about three months and there are concerns about whether it will be able to handle the additional crude volumes.
Rokas Masiulis, Klaipeda Nafta CEO said to the daily that the company theoretically could handle 4 million tons. However according to him, in this case, ‘we would have to think what to do with Orlen Lietuva’s products, because we would not be able to handle them.’ Orlen Lietuva products make up some 60 per cent of all Klaipedos Nafta’s dock workers.
Masiulis said to Velso zinios, ‘We are talking with the Belarusians over a trial shipment. This will possibly require no additional investment, still, we would need to analyze the chemical composition of the product and measure the environmental impact. Nevertheless, we will most likely handle the trial shipment.’
The Belarusians have already had a trial shipment for the Venezuelan oil with the Tallinn port.