Ukrainian oligarchs sell off strategic oil
Another proof of this fact can be considered a truly unique solution of the company Ukrtransnafta, which is the main operator of oil pipelines in Ukraine. The management of the company, which is part of the Privat group, Igor Kolomoisky (an oligarch and part-time head of the administration of the Dnipropetrovsk region), decided to start pumping out so-called process oil. One of the parties goes to the refinery in the city of Kremenchug (Poltava region, Ukraine).
According to Ukrainian media, a similar idea among representatives of Ukrtransnafta emerged last year. But despite all the indecisiveness of Viktor Yanukovych and the then Cabinet, the government did not allow to embody this project into reality (at least, it was not discussed officially). On the other hand, the “new state” allowed it - in early April of this year, when the company’s leaders submitted a “petition” to the Ministry of Energy and Ugol on the possibility of pumping technological “black gold” from the country's oil transportation system. Apparently, the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry received exactly the offer that he could not refuse, because Igor Kolomoisky was not used to the “new” Ukraine when he was told “no!”, And therefore the government sanctioned pumping of the oil that was strategically important for the state. Obviously, if they had not sanctioned, Kolomoisky would have gone according to the Maidan option — he would have replaced one Maidanian minister (Yuriy Prodan) with another one, and where Prodan himself would have turned out after that is not easy, given the current Ukrainian realities.
According to some data, the total volume of process oil, which Ukrtransnafta is going to pump out from the pipeline, will be more than 1,3 million tons. Of these, the Kremenchug refinery will receive about 240 thousand tons already this month. To prevent the wind from flowing through the oil pipelines and oil storage tanks, the management of UkrTransnafta took, let's say, an additional solution - to pump a nitrogenous mixture into the empty tanks, or even just some kind of aqueous solution, stating that it is going to completely fulfill its obligations on the “temporary” conservation of oil pipelines ... Temporary, speak? Well, well ... But what about: there is nothing more permanent than temporary? ..
The Ukrainian edition LigaBusinessInform reports that last week Ukraine decided to export oil to the European Union. As a buyer of oil, which “Ukrtransnafta is pumping out of a strategic reserve, Lithuania has acted. Ukraine is an oil exporter to the EU! Strong...
According to estimates by the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine, the total reserves of process oil in the country are estimated at about 1,2 billion US dollars. If we consider that "Ukrtransnafta" walks "under Kolomoisky, then it is not difficult to guess where exactly the proceeds from the sale of strategically important raw materials will go ...
We should not forget that pumping technological “black gold” from oil pipelines and storage facilities today threatens the existence of the entire oil transit system through Ukraine and the country's economy as a whole. If pumping continues, such an ambitious project as the use of the Odessa-Brody pipeline with a branch to Central Europe, as they say, is finally covered with a copper basin.
Interestingly, back in October 2013 of the year, the Polish company PERN Przyjazn, which is one of the investors in the project, announced that it would wind down its participation in its financing. But it was this company that attracted UkrTransnafta in 2004 year to invest in the oil pipeline project to the Polish city of Plotsk. A cross-border Polish-Ukrainian company Sarmatia was created, which was supposed to translate the project into reality. Could it be that the Poles understood the futility of building a branch in connection with the plans of Ukrtransnafta to withdraw strategic oil reserves from the oil transportation system? If ideas from Kolomoisky's wards (or Kolomoisky personally) about the “withdrawal of excess oil” arose last year, then the October decision of PERN Przyjazn on refusing to finance the project looks quite logical. The Poles clearly did not want to get the above-mentioned "aqueous solution" instead of oil.
Based on the Ukrainian realities examined, it can be concluded that the authors of the idea of pumping out and subsequently selling technological oil to the same Lithuania wished to kill several birds with one stone, whose “skins” are interesting to them. The first “hare” is making a profit, as they say, out of the blue: the oil, which is strategically important for Ukraine, simply needs to be drained and made profit without making any special efforts. The second “hare”: if the Odessa-Brody pipeline, which fits with “Druzhba” in the Lviv region, is conserved, this can actually cut off the eastern and south-eastern regions of Ukraine from making a profit for the transit of oil from Russia. Moreover, Kiev, apparently, is counting on the fact that Russia itself, at its own expense, will fill the Ukrainian pipe with “reserve” oil - “fraternally” ...
In fact, this means that the representatives of the Ukrainian authorities have once again taken the big road with the aim of robbing their own people, depriving the future of large Ukrainian enterprises, enjoying their momentary profits in the form of funds from stolen oil. Having actually reached the inviolable stock of raw materials, the junta signs another crime against statehood and the people of Ukraine.
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