According to Belneftekhim, the quality of automotive fuel produced at the Navapolatsk Naftan and the Mazyr Oil Refinery complies with all international norms, standards and requirements, BelTA informs.
“Factories have forcedly reduced processing volumes due to the lack of high-quality raw materials. It should be noted that both raw materials and commercial products undergo several stages of control at the enterprise. The quality of automotive fuels is scrupulously controlled by factory laboratories,” the concern noted.
Each type of fuel has its own regulatory document, which contains up to 20 quality indicators, depending on the brand. “Even if there is a slightest discrepancy in one of them, the fuel does not go beyond the plant,” the specialists explained.
Arbitration samples are stored from 45 days (for the domestic market) to 4 months (for export fuel).
The Naftan and the Mazyr Oil Refinery ensure that the quality of petroleum products that are sent to consumers are exceptionally high and comply with the Euro-5 standard. Belneftekhim stressed that when the substandard oil was supplied, all measures were taken to ensure the production of high quality products.
The scandal surrounding the supply of substandard oil began on April 19. On that day, the state concern Belneftekhim reported a sharp deterioration in the quality of oil flowing through the pipeline from Russia. With this in mind, on April 21, the Belneftekhim concern decided to temporarily limit exports of petroleum products. On April 22, the Mazyr Oil Refinery announced that poor quality Russian oil led to the failure of expensive equipment. Due to the poor quality of oil, Poland and Ukraine refused to accept it and suspended transit through their territory.
Transneft recognized oil pollution and said it would solve the problem as soon as possible. Later, the company suggested that the products could have been deliberately contaminated.