600 km long with 2 million tonnes per year capacity – these are the preliminary technical specifications of the Ukrainian-Polish pipeline construction project for the vegetable oil transportation. Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Mykola Solskyi spoke about the details of the recently signed Memorandum with Poland regarding the implementation of this project in his interview with Ukrinform.
He emphasized that Ukraine needs to create alternative powerful export logistics routes. Since we process a lot of oil crops, the pipeline is one of the options.
"We have been working on this issue for several months doing researches and consulting with businesses. The Polish side feels positive in regard to this offer. The construction will likely take less time than bureaucratic paperwork. The pipeline will run over several hundred kilometres, therefore interests of many people and communities have to be taken into account. We are more concerned about this matter than the construction itself," said Mykola Solskyi.
Minister Solskyi informs that at the moment we have only the preliminary technical characteristics of the pipeline, and according to them, the length of the pipeline is going to be around 600 km with the capacity of up to 2 million tonnes of oil per year. The pipeline should run from Yahodyn District (Volyn region) to Gdańsk.
Mykola Solskyi also explained how the situation with long queues of trucks at the Polish-Ukrainian border is currently being resolved.
"We need to do some certain things: devide the flow of exported goods in a few types, and have a constant daily information exchange with Poland in order to help them organize their work better. It is also important to identify one or two border crossing checkpoints or, at least, separate special lanes in both directions there for the empty trucks passage. I think this will be done in the near future," the Minister said.
Read more in the interview.