Ukraine and Poland to Revive Odesa-Brody Pipeline

December 1, 2010

KIEV, Ukraine, December 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — The Prime Minister of
Ukraine Mykola Azarov and the Marshal of the Polish Senate Bogdan Borusevich
discussed the plans of the two countries to revive the use of the Odesa-Brody
pipeline. The high officials also mentioned a possibility of constructing a
new leg of the pipeline. Presumably, it will stretch all the way to the
Northern Polish city of Gdansk, and thus will make one step forward towards
the establishment of a new route to transport the Caspian oil to the EU

During his meeting with Mykola Azarov, Bogdan Borusevich stated that he
considers the stretching of the Odesa-Brody pipeline to Gdansk, Poland, being
prospective. Borusevich mentioned that realization of the project will become
ever more relevant for Poland now that oil transfers through Druzhba pipeline
might get reduced. Druzhba is the world’s largest pipeline system carrying
oil from European Russia through Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia,
Czech Republic, and Germany. Marshal also pointed out that Polish investors
have purchased oil refinery in Lithuania. In this respect there is a
possibility to build a branch of the Odesa-Brody pipeline to the refinery.

“The Ukrainian side has already built its part of the pipeline, but
Poland, unfortunately, has not,” Borusevich added. “I was pleased to hear
that Azarov’s government is interested in the Polish-Ukrainian cooperation on
this and other projects in the field of energy security.”

On November 23, 2010, the Ukrtransnafta company completed the testing of
the Odesa-Brody pipeline in the direction of Druzhba’s southern branch. In
2009, a Polish pipeline company Sarmatia made a prediction that the
construction of the conduct pipe in question would reach Plotsk and Gdansk
before 2012.

The Odesa-Brody pipeline is a crude oil pipeline between the Ukrainian
cities of Odesa on the Black Sea, and Brody near the Ukrainian-Polish border.
The usage and the direction of the Odesa-Brody pipeline is viewed to be of
considerable geopolitical significance, since it provides a new route to
diversify oil supplies to the EU. The pipeline was originally intended to
reach Gdansk in order to transfer oil from the Caspian Sea (mainly from
Kazakhstan) to the Polish Baltic Sea port and from there to the rest of

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