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25.05.2017

Belarus Energy Ministry signs memorandum with CMEC
Belarus Energy Ministry signs memorandum with CMEC The Belarusian side has signed a memorandum with China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC). Among the priority directions are production, transmission, distribution of electric power, modernization of stations, alternative energy, exchange of experience and technologies. By the way, this Chinese corporation has successfully implemented more than 10 projects in Belarus.

21.04.2017

Belarusian-Czech Economic Forum held in Brest: energy and tourism in focus
Belarusian-Czech Economic Forum held in Brest: energy and tourism in focus A new page in Belarus-Czech relations: Brest hosted an economic forum of the two countries. Energy, construction, information technology and tourism are the priority spheres. Equally important are also personal contacts. Knowing it, businessmen of the two countries decided to meet on April 20.

18.04.2017

Russia to increase oil supplies to Belarus from April 18
Russia to increase oil supplies to Belarus from April 18 From April 18, Russia is to increase oil supplies to Belarus. All in all, in 2017, Belarus will buy 24 million tons of oil. Of this amount, 18 million tons will be delivered for processing at Belarusian oil refineries. Now the supply of oil will be carried out exclusively by pipeline, whereas previously, one million tons was transported by rail. Because of this, Belarus lost about $70 per ton. Belarus will not anymore be required to supply annually about 1 million tons of high-octane gasoline to Russia.

14.04.2017

Russia increases oil supplies to Belarus
Russia increases oil supplies to Belarus Russia has increased its oil supplies to Belarus. On April 14, the Belarus and Russia started the implementation of the agreements reached in Moscow yesterday. Belarus will receive 24 million tons of oil in 2017.

13.04.2017

Minsk, Moscow find solution to oil and gas dispute
Minsk, Moscow find solution to oil and gas dispute The Russian government has approved a package of documents on oil and gas issues with Belarus. Minsk and Moscow have found a solution that satisfies both sides. Until 2024, 24 million tons of Russian oil will be delivered to Belarus every year. 

05.04.2017

Belarus and Russia union worth more than any economic disputes
Belarus and Russia union worth more than any economic disputes Belarus and Russia have resolved all outstanding issues in the bilateral relations. This became known after the talks between Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin. The Presidents discussed a wide range of topics: from agricultural policy to the international agenda. There is an agreement that Russia will refinance the debt of Belarus. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation:We agreed that we would resolve all our disputes in the oil and gas sector. Actually, it's better to say we have already resolved them.

04.04.2017

Russia to supply 24m tonnes of oil to Belarus annually
Russia to supply 24m tons of oil to Belarus annually Russia will be supplying up to 24mln tonnes of oil to Belarus annually. It was stated by Belarus’ Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko on April 4, 2017. The supply of Russian oil in previous volumes to Belarus will be renewed no later than April 13.

31.03.2017

Premiers of Belarus and Russia discuss oil and gas issues
Premiers of Belarus and Russia discuss oil and gas issues Belarus and Russia premiers Andrei Kobyakov and Dmitry Medvedev are trying to find a solution to problems in the energy sector. The heads of government of the two countries held talks on March 30 in Gorki near Moscow. Thus, the prime ministers are hoping to unload the agenda of the upcoming meeting of the presidents of Russia and Belarus on April 3. The sides touched upon the difficult but important questions. In particular, the dynamics of trade and economic relations, as well as the long-running dispute over the energy supplies to Belarus.

28.03.2017

Vitebsk hydroelectric power station, biggest in Belarus, launched in test mode
Vitebsk hydroelectric power station, biggest in Belarus, launched in test mode The most powerful in Belarus, the Vitebsk hydroelectric power plant has been launched in test mode. Specialists are now checking all of the equipment. It is able to withstand the most severe stresses giving consistently good results.  During the year, the station will produce 138 million kilowatt-hours of energy. This is enough to meet the energy needs of all the Vitebsk region and part of the Vitebsk city. Clean energy of the HPP will save tens of millions of dollars.

27.03.2017

Belarus takes part in Earth Hour
Belarus takes part in Earth Hour Belarus joined the international campaign Earth Hour on March 25. In 2017, it was held for the tenth time - under the slogan "Change yourself, not the planet." It united more than 170 countries. During the event, lights went out in the streets and homes on all continents for exactly an hour, in support of the global environment.

23.03.2017

Iranian oil to be processed at Mozyr Oil Refinery
Iranian oil to be processed at Mozyr Oil Refinery A tanker carrying Iranian oil to Belarus has arrived in the port of Odessa. On board is about 80,000 tons of black gold. This hydrocarbon consignment is intended for processing at Belarusian plants. Already this week the cargo will arrive at the Mozyr Oil Refinery. Belarus started to search for alternative ways for oil supply after Russia cuts supplies in connection with a price dispute. President Alexander Lukashenko instructed to find alternative sources of oil in January 2017.

24.02.2017

Belarus-Russia gas conflict to be resolved at political level
Belarus-Russia gas conflict to be resolved at political level Decisions on Russian gas for Belarus were taken and will be coordinated at the political level, said the Minister of Energy of Belarus. On February 24, the ministry sums up the work over the past year. One of the most discussed topics in 2016 was the oil and gas issues with Russia. In this regard, the Belarusian side insists on the fulfillment of all the rules that are laid down in the agreement on the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).

16.02.2017

Belarus agrees on new way to resolve gas and oil dispute with Russia
Belarus agrees on new way to resolve gas and oil dispute with Russia Belarus and Russia have agreed on another way to resolve the oil and gas conflict, Vladimir Semashko told reporters on February 16. The Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus noted that the decision to sign the agreement may be taken as early as next week. It is expected that this document should resolve contentious issues between the two countries on oil supplies and price of gas. Belarus insists on reducing the cost of Russian gas. The parties are working out mutually acceptable terms of oil supply.

08.02.2017

Belarus to reduce natural gas consumption by 20% after NPP launch
Belarus to reduce natural gas consumption by 20% after NPP launch Natural gas consumption in Belarus will reduce by 20% after the launch of the Belarusian nuclear power plant, said Belarusian MPs on February 8. Today natural gas is the main resource producing heat and electricity in Belarus. However, the situation with world prices for natural resources is forcing the country to look for alternative sources of energy.

04.02.2017

President Lukashenko on issues in Belarus-Russia relations
President Lukashenko on issues in Belarus-Russia relations Because of disparities in prices in Belarusian and Russian markets Belarus lost $15 billion, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media. The Head of State commented extensively on the problematic issues in Belarusian-Russian relations. The Head of State commented extensively on the problematic issues in Belarusian-Russian relations.

22.01.2017

Belarus to seek for additional oil as Russia cut supplies
Belarus to seek for additional oil as Russia cut supplies The reduction of Russian oil supplies to Belarus will be replaced by alternatives, said Belarus President meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko. This question was already raised at the end of 2016. From an economic point of view, Belarus considered the possibility of oil supplies from the Black Sea and the Mediterranean regions.

07.01.2017

Experts on new oil field found in Belarus
Experts on new oil field found in Belarus Horizons of Belarusian oil production are expanding. A new oil field in the Gomel region, already named Ugolskoye, has provided an opportunity to re-assess the prospects for oil industry in Belarus. Almost 2 million tons of black gold were found at a depth of over 5,000 meters.

06.01.2017

Belarus to extract 1.65m tons of oil in 2017
Belarus to extract 1.65m tons of oil in 2017 Horizons of Belarusian oil production are expanding. A new oil field in the Gomel region, already dubbed Ugolskoye, has provided an opportunity to re-assess the prospects for oil industry in Belarus. Almost 2 million tons of black gold was found at a depth of over 5,000 meters. Previously, the main volumes were extracted from a depth of 4,000m. Thanks to the new deposit the volume of crude oil extraction will increase in Belarus for the first time in the last five years. Plans for 2017 are 1.65 million tons.

05.01.2017

Minsk, Moscow agree on oil transit tariffs to Western Europe via Belarus
Minsk, Moscow agree on oil transit tariffs to Western Europe via Belarus Minsk and Moscow have agreed tariffs for the transit of Russian oil to Western Europe through Belarus.  We are talking about transportation of oil via the main pipelines Gomeltransneft Druzhba and Polotsktransneft Druzhba. In accordance with the decree of the Ministry of Antitrust and Trade of Belarus, tariffs for oil transportation for the Gomel enterprise have increased by 7.7%, while for the Polotsk enterprise almost by 12%.

03.01.2017

New oil field discovered in Belarus
New oil field discovered in Belarus A new oil field was discovered in Belarus. It is called Ugolskoye and is classified as hard-to-reach. However, according to preliminary estimates, approximately 1.7 million tons of hydrocarbons lie at this point of the Pripyat trough in the Gomel region. It amounts to the average oil extraction per year in Belarus. Exploration drilling will help determine exact amounts of oil in the deposit. Oil is at a depth of 5 kilometers.

08.12.2016

Belarus makes advance payment for Russian gas
Belarus makes advance payment for Russian gas Belarus has made an advance payment for Russian natural gas, the Council of Ministers of Belarus reported on December 8. In October 2016, the Belarusian and Russian governments agreed on specific mechanisms for addressing problems in the oil and gas sector. Belarus hopes for a speedy recovery of the volume of oil supplies from Russia to Belarus,

01.11.2016

Mozyr Oil Refinery gets first batch of Azerbaijani oil
Belarus buys Azerbaijani oil to compensate for cut in Russian supplies Mozyr Oil Refinery is going to begin processing a batch of Azerbaijani oil. The first batch has recently arrived at the company. Rail tank cars contain nearly 85,000 tons of raw material. The cargo was initially shipped through Odessa port. By the way, this is not the first time Belarus has used a tanker to purchase oil. In 2010 and 2011, Belarus bought almost 1.5 million tons of Venezuelan and Azerbaijani oil, which was shipped through the oil terminal of the Odessa port.

28.10.2016

President of Belarus to go to Qatar, Saudi Arabia for visits
President of Belarus to go to Qatar, Saudi Arabia for visits The President of Belarus will go to the Middle East region October 29.  During the official visit to Qatar, Alexander Lukashenko will hold talks with the Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.  As a result the sides are expected to sign several bilateral documents. The President of Belarus will then leave the Qatari capital for a working visit to the United Arab Emirates. Here he plans to hold a series of business meetings. 
Each new decision in CIS should be based on economic feasibility, Alexander Lukashenko says
Each new decision in CIS should be based on economic feasibility, Alexander Lukashenko says Today Minsk is hosting a meeting of the heads of governmental delegations of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Taking part in the events is also the President of Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko said that each new decision of the CIS countries must be based on economic feasibility. This is one of the key themes of current agenda in the economic downturn, which is felt worldwide, including by integration associations. The latter, according to the Belarus head of the state, must bring real benefits to the peoples.

25.10.2016

Russian oil supplies to Belarus reduced by over 2 million tons
Belarus diversifying oil purchases to avoid excessive dependence on Russian market Belarus has resumed oil supplies from Azerbaijan. Almost 85,000 tons of the raw material were already unloaded at the port of Odessa. The oil was delivered here by a tanker. Oil is designed for processing at the Mozyr Oil Refinery. Technological equipment of the enterprise allows working with different varieties of oil.  As Belneftekhim oil company explained, it is working out various supply options due to the fact that not enough Russian oil is delivered to Belarusian refineries.

24.10.2016

Poland may help Belarus promote Astravyets NPP electricity in EU
Poland may help Belarus promote Astravyets NPP electricity in EU Poland may become a conductor of Belarus to the WTO and promoter of electricity generate by the Astravyets NPP in the European Union. These two topics became central during negotiations of the Polish delegation with representatives of the Belarusian government. With the commissioning of the first unit of the nuclear power plant Poland could use Belarusian electricity or facilitate its transit.
How Mozyr Oil Refinery survived oil and gas conflict
How Mozyr Oil Refinery survived oil and gas conflict The tradition of carrying the Olympic torch originated in ancient Greece and reminded people about Prometheus who got fire and gave it to people. The fire of the Belarusian torch originates from... Gazprom. Gazprom is not Prometheus. It doesn’t just give fire, it sells it, and not at a low price. That’s why Belarus and Russia had an argument. By October 20, Russia wanted to get money from Belarus for gas and for pumping the volumes necessary for Belarusian refineries. Due to reduction in supplies from Russia, the Belarusian pumps weren’t working properly.

21.10.2016

Belarus to settle gas debt with Russia October 21
Belarus to settle gas debt with Russia October 21 Belarus will transfer funds to repay the underpayment for Russian gas on October 21, said Minister of Energy of Belarus Vladimir Potupchik. To this day the amount is $281 million. At the moment, the price of Russian gas for Belarus' gas suppliers is $132 per 1,000 m2. Belarus underpaid for Russian gas in 2016 considering the contract price unfair. Belarus argued that world prices for natural gas have decreased significantly with the fall of oil prices.

17.10.2016

Oil and gas disagreement between Belarus and Russia: Negotiations and new way of calculating gas prices
Oil and gas disagreement between Belarus and Russia: Negotiations and new way of calculating gas prices Belarus and Russia made a compromise in the argument about oil and gas prices. Parties managed to agree on a mutually beneficial supply and transit of oil and a new mechanism for calculating the gas price. As the Ministry of Energy confirmed, in the coming days they will compensate for the gas that was received but wasn’t paid in full. Russia introduces the mechanism of the so-called inter-budgetary compensation.

12.10.2016

Russia lifts restrictions on oil supplies to Belarus
Russia lifts restrictions on oil supplies to Belarus Belarus considers agreements with Russia on gas and oil a compromise in the interests of the two countries. On October 11, the Energy Ministry voiced a new formula of gas price calculations for Belarus. It also confirmed that in the next 10 days Belarus will repay the previously underpaid money for blue fuel. Russia, in turn, introduces a mechanism for inter-budgetary compensation for the time when a common electric energy market is being created.

11.10.2016

XXI Belarusian Energy and Ecology Forum opens in Minsk
XXI Belarusian Energy and Ecology Forum opens in Minsk About 300 companies from 14 countries will gather on October 11 in Minsk for XXI Belarusian Energy and Ecology Forum. Over the next four days, the participants will be getting acquainted with more than 200 scientific and technical developments. Belarusian scientists will also present their best achievements in thematic exhibitions. It is noteworthy that the event involves the banking sector, which will contribute to the financing and implementation of innovative projects. Forum organizers do not hide intentions to sign several deals after the forum.

10.10.2016

Service company for biogas units to be created in Belarus
Service company for biogas units to be created in Belarus A company that will provide service for biogas units will be established in Belarus. Such an agreement was made at the Belarus-Germany energy forum on October 10. The forum is held for the 5th time. The topics related to a vast usage of renewable sources of energy are discussed there. Almost 200 experts from two countries are discussing the cooperation in the sphere of environmentally friendly technologies. Belarus and Germany already have a number of joint projects.
Belarus and Russia settle oil and gas issues
Belarus and Russia settle oil and gas supply issues Belarus and Russia have settled a problematic issue in the sphere of energy supply. The President of Belarus was briefed on how the oil and gas dispute is being resolved. The cost of gas will be substantially reduced. Currently the sides are signing a working protocol, and in the near future plan to legally register the agreements.
Fifth Belarusian-German Energy Forum kicks off in Minsk October 10
Fifth Belarusian-German Energy Forum kicks off in Minsk October 10 The development of energy policy will be a central theme of the V Belarusian-German Energy Forum. It is about to kick off in Minsk October 10. Experts from the two countries will discuss the issues of renewable energy, implementation of energy efficiency systems in buildings and many others. The participants will also visit Minsk's heat electric generation plant No2 and the substation Kolyadichi. SEE: Belarus-Germany cooperation

02.10.2016

Nuclear power plants in Slovakia and Austria: How and why nuclear stations differ in center of Europe
Nuclear power plants in Slovakia and Austria: How and why nuclear stations differ in center of Europe This topic is delightful for some people, for some people it is very alarming issue. The most powerful source of energy will appear in Belarus soon. It’s clear that we are talking about the Belarusian nuclear power plant. It has been recently presented in Austria. Our special correspondent Yana Shipko visited two power plants with completely different histories.

19.08.2016

President holds a meeting
Sun, wind and water energy: Belarus President holds meeting on effectiveness of use of domestic energy resources Sun, wind and water energy. The effectiveness of the use of domestic energy resources was the central topic during the meeting with Alexander Lukashenko. The President demanded to work more efficiently in that direction. Belarus is dependent on import of energy resources, that’s why the use of domestic energy resource is a very topical issue. The use of domestic resources and alternative sources of energy will allow to have a clean environment and reduce costs. A lot of decisions were made on that matter. That was a checkpoint meeting, said the President.
Belarus President demands efficient use of energy
Belarus President demands efficient use of energy It is necessary to build up the use of local fuels in the energy system of Belarus, said the President during the meeting on the effectiveness of the use of domestic energy resources. Earlier the President adopted a number of decisions, as well as a pilot project aimed at reducing dependence on gas purchases. As a result, local fuels replaced more than 2 billion cubic meters of "blue fuel". However, it is only a tenth of that is imported annually.

17.05.2016

Belarus sees progress in gas talks with Russia
Belarus sees progress in gas talks with Russia The Ministry of Energy of Belarus notes progress in the negotiations on gas with Russia, said on May 17 head of the ministry Vladimir Potupchik after a round of talks with his Russian counterpart Alexander Novak. Belarus counts on the revision of the formula of payment for natural gas provided by an intergovernmental agreement. The final decision is still pending. However, according to Mr Potupchik, "the Russian side begins to hear and understand us." The partners plan to hold the next negotiating round in Moscow later this month.

02.05.2016

Belarus’ largest solar electric plant to appear in Brahin district
Belarus’ largest solar electric plant to appear in Brahin district The largest solar electric plant in Belarus will start its work already this summer. The complex will be built by the company Velcom and will be situated in the Brahin district on a territorry of the size of 80 football pitches. The power of the solar park is more than 22 megawatt. By contrast, this is enough to ensure the functioning of the entire night illumination in Minsk.

28.04.2016

More charging stations for electric cars to appear in Belarus after NPP launch
More charging stations for electric cars to appear in Belarus after NPP launch Belarus will make more use of electricity. This resource will be in excess after the launch of Belarus' own nuclear power plant. One of the global trends is electric vehicles. For now they are a rarity in Belarus, as well as infrastructure for the maintenance of the environmentally friendly transport. Fyodor has been using a hybrid car for almost a year and compares his car to a mobile phone powered by the plug.

27.04.2016

Mohamed Zayed Awad and Vladimir Potupchik
Belarus to help Sudan in energy sector staff training The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has signed a cooperation agreement with the Sudan today. It is planned that Belarusian specialists will help design energy facilities in that African country and improve the skills of specialists in this field. The focus is primarily on agriculture, industry, energy and healthcare.

19.04.2016

IAEA Director General visits Ostrovets NPP in Belarus
IAEA's Yukiya Amano impressed with Belarus' Ostrovets NPP Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko and IAEA Director General discussed the security and economy of the peaceful atom. The sides noted the high level of cooperation in this sphere. Yukiya Amano visited today in Ostrovets (Astraviec), where he shared impressions of the most large-scale construction of our country.

29.02.2016

Vladimir Potupchik
Belarus to stop electrical energy import starting from 2018 According to the announcement of Vladimir Potupchik, the Minister of Energy, Belarus will stop importing electrical energy starting from 2018. The opening of the first reactor of the Belarusian nuclear power plant and a large-scale modernization of the energy sector will allow Belarus to meet its domestic needs. Thus, the production of energy in Belarus appears to be more beneficial than importing it. Moreover, due to the establishment of the common energy market of the Eurasian Economic Union, Belarus will be able to export electrical energy. 

22.02.2016

Belarus launches NPP training center
Belarus launches NPP training center A team of Belarusian and foreign reporters visited the construction site of the Belarusian nuclear power plant near Ostrovets on 17 February. An exact copy of the control panel was showed in the training center of the nuclear power plant. It allows simulating more than a thousand modes of operation of the station. Any possible emergency will be immediately liquidated.

12.02.2016

Andrei Kobyakov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus to develop economic growth program for 5 years The Council of Ministers February 9, 2016 discussed the draft activity program for the next five years. The situation in the world markets remains difficult, but external factors should be minimized. The government has developed a set of anti-crisis measures and revised forecast indicators.

31.01.2016

Dmitry Krutoi, Deputy Minister of Economy of the Republic of Belarus
Development Bank to support Belarusian export The Development Bank of Belarus will be actively involved in supporting the Belarusian export, said the Ministry of Economy, commenting on the new version of Directive No3.  According to the document, in 2020 the markets of the Eurasian Economic Union and the EU should account for an equal amount of domestic exports (33%), and the same number of goods and services should be exported to the markets of other countries, no matter how far they are.

27.12.2015

Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Andrei Kovkhuto
Belarus environmental protection minister about Emerald Network Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Andrei Kovkhuto came to our studio today. He is ready to answer the questions of the TV program Picture of the World. Yuri Koziyatko: Mr Kovkhuto, thanks for coming! Andrey Kovkhuto, Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus: Good afternoon.

14.09.2015

Belarus to host General Assembly of International Electrotechnical Commission in October 2015
Belarus to host General Assembly of International Electrotechnical Commission in October 2015 Belarus for the first time will host a session of the General Assembly of the International Electrotechnical Commission. Leading experts of one of the oldest non-governmental organization of the world will gather in Minsk in October. They set standards in all areas related to technological progress: electrical engineering, electronics, communication technology, green energy, and energy efficiency. In world trade, their share is about 20% of the turnover.