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Yaroslavl-Moscow oil pipeline repair not to affect fuel supply

March 30, 2012, 15:05 UTC+3

The Moscow Oil Refinery supplies up to 40 percent of fuel to the market of the Moscow region

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MOSCOW, March 30 (Itar-Tass) — The planned repair of the Yaroslavl – Moscow pipeline, which is used for the transportation of oil to the Moscow Refinery, will not affect the situation with supplies of petroleum products to filling stations of the Moscow region, the Russian Ministry of Energy reported on Friday with reference to the results of the ministry’s staff meeting.

“It is planned to shut the pipeline for no more than two days, during which the refinery will be able to use its oil reserves and continue to operate in the normal mode,” the ministry explained. In addition, the permanent supply of high octane gasoline, winter diesel fuel in the Moscow region, taking into account the route resource, is enough for 10 days on average, which also guarantees stable supplies of petroleum products during the repair operations.

The Russian Ministry of Natural Resources reported earlier that it had already submitted to the Russian Ministry of Justice for state registration the Regulations on the Losiny Ostrov (Moose Island) National Park, under which a section of the Yaroslavl-Moscow pipeline will be included in the economic purpose zone, in which the construction, reconstruction, repair and operation of commercial and residential facilities is allowed.

This week it became known that Transneft sent to Gazprom Neft a letter in which reported on the critical wear of the Yaroslavl-Moscow pipeline section within the city limits that supplies oil to the Moscow Refinery, and the impossibility of its repair, because the pipeline section runs through the Moose Island conservation area.

The Moscow Oil Refinery (NPZ) supplies up to 40 percent of fuel to the market of the Moscow region. On Thursday, it was reported that the plant could reduce the production of light oil, including gasoline and jet fuel, in case of shutdown of the Yaroslavl-Moscow pipeline. Experts predicted that this could lead to a collapse on the city fuel market and several-fold gasoline price increase.

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