Transneft oil pumping down by 14% in Sept, export drops 21%

TASS Russian News Agency | Oct 1, 2020 at 10:46 AM

MOSCOW, October 1. /TASS/. Oil pumping via Transneft's pipeline system decreased by 14% in September 2020 year-on-year to 35 mln tonnes, whereas export dropped by 21.4% to 16 mln tonnes, a representative of the company told reporters on Thursday.

Particularly, oil supplies to other countries through the Druzhba oil pipeline went down by 14% in September to 3.6 mln tonnes, while deliveries to China edged up by 1% year-on-year to 3.15 mln tonnes.

Oil export through seaports plunged by 32.3% last month in annual terms to 7.7 mln tonnes. Among Russia's biggest ports exporting oil, only Kozmino posted supplies growth (up 7.5% year-on-year).

Crude deliveries to Belarus went down by 8% in September compared with the same period last year to 1.46 mln tonnes. According to preliminary estimates, 915,000 tonnes of oil were supplied to the Mozyr refinery last month compared with 888,000 tonnes in the previous year, and 546,000 tonnes - to the Naftan refinery compared with 700,000 tonnes in September 2019.

October plans

Crude oil export deliveries via Transneft's pipeline system may total 15.85 mln tonnes in October 2020 (with 14.4 mln tonnes of Russian oil) compared with 16 mln tonnes in September. Shipments through Russian seaports are expected at 8.32 mln tonnes: 1.88 mln tonnes via Novorossiysk, 2.4 mln tonnes via Primorsk, 2.74 mln tonnes through Kozmino, and 1.3 mln tonnes via Ust-Luga.

Supplies through Druzhba to Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are projected to total 4 mln tonnes.

Meanwhile deliveries to Russian refineries are expected to reach 18.6 mln tonnes in October, down by 3% compared with the preliminary result for September.

Pipeline supplies of oil to Belarusian refineries may amount to 1.57 mln tonnes in October compared with September's preliminary result of 1.46 mln tonnes.

Deliveries to China are projected in October at 2.65 mln tonnes via the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean (ESPO) pipeline system and 850,000 tonnes through Kazakhstan. In September, supplies amounted to 2.36 mln tonnes via ESPO and 785,000 tonnes through Kazakhstan.