An inexhaustible source of income? The significance of Belarusian refineries and the outlook for the future Cover Image

An inexhaustible source of income? The significance of Belarusian refineries and the outlook for the future
An inexhaustible source of income? The significance of Belarusian refineries and the outlook for the future

Author(s): Kamil Kłysiński, Wojciech Konończuk
Subject(s): Energy and Environmental Studies, Economic policy, Environmental and Energy policy
Published by: Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich im. Marka Karpia
Keywords: Belarus; energy policy; Belarusian refineries
Summary/Abstract: Belarus generated a surplus at US$1.9 billion in foreign trade in goods and services in the first four months of 2012 as compared to a deficit of US$2.8 billion for the same timeframe a year earlier. Minsk owes this, its highest positive trade balance since 1991, mainly to a significant increase in exports of petroleum products manufactured by the refineries in Navapolatsk and Mazyr.This is a consequence of the favourable contract for supplies of Russian oil until 2015 which Belarus signed in December last year. This contract has resulted in a de facto resumption of Russia subsidising Belarus. The favourable conditions of Russian oil supplies will allow the Belarusian refineries to remain the driving force of the country’s economy, and the Belarusian government will not allow them to be privatised, which Russia has been seeking for years. The two refineries initiated an ambitious modernisation programme, which is aimed at increasing their output and improving the quality of their production. Owing to this, their share in the market of petroleum products in the region, including on the Polish market, may grow within the next few years.

  • Page Count: 5
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Language: English