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17.12.2017

Belarusian miners break record in potash industry
Belarusian miners break record in potash industry Belarusian miners have broken the record on the territory of the former Soviet states; they have deepened 81 meters down the earth’s womb in just one month. The results were reached at Petrikov mining and processing plant and now the miners are half way to the potash recourses of the Polesie region. It is expected that in 2019 the plant will produce its first lot of goods.

25.10.2017

Brest region begins trial extraction of amber
Brest region begins trial extraction of amber The Brest region has begun trial extraction of amber. To reach the industrial scale, scientists must prove that the deposit will be profitable. Then it depends on investors, whether they are ready to invest money in extraction and, possibly, processing of ember, since Belarus does not have its own enterprises.

10.10.2017

Electricity tariffs to go down in Belarus
Electricity tariffs to go down in Belarus Tariffs for electricity in Belarus will decrease, said Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vladimir Semashko at the opening of a forum dedicated to energy and ecology. In this direction, Belarus carrying out systematic work. On the one hand, the country focuses on the modernization of facilities, on the other on reducing the cost of resources.

05.10.2017

Belarus tests basalt as raw material in agriculture: yield growth recorded
Belarus tests basalt as raw material in agriculture: yield growth recorded Basalt will be used in agriculture in Belarus. A new raw material was tested by several farms and growth of productivity was marked. In addition, basalt is a raw material for the production of building materials and mineral fibers. Belarusian geologists discovered the basalt deposit for the first time. Its reserves in Pinsk district are estimated at 30 million tons. Now the geological services are focused on the detailed exploration of the deposits, after which it will probably be possible to start mining raw materials.

04.10.2017

Brazil would like to benefit from Belorusneft technologies
Brazil would like to benefit from Belorusneft technologies Belorusneft is welcome to Brazilian market. Already in 2 years the turnover from the sales of services - seismic and drilling - to that country will be about $100 million. The increase in exports on October 4 was the main topic of the meeting of honorary consuls of Belarus with representatives of Belarusian enterprises.

02.10.2017

Belarusian MPs considered optimizing oil supplies to Belarus
Belarusian MPs vote for optimizing oil supplies to Belarus The new legislative season is open today in Belarus. Deputies of the lower house of parliament started work in the morning. At the moment, parliamentarians voted to amend the law "On the National Academy of Sciences." The amendments give the Academy the right to elect honorary members foreign citizens who have made a significant contribution to the development of science.

29.06.2017

4th Forum of the Regions of Belarus brings largest contract in three years
4th Forum of the Regions of Belarus brings largest contract in three years A package of agreements on cooperation between Belarus and Russia and the first contracts were signed on June 29 in Moscow during the Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia. One of the most ambitious works was carried out by Belneftekhim enterprises. Partnership agreements worth more than 100 million dollars are concluded. In total there are 15 contracts. The majority of them provide for the supply of raw materials.

02.06.2017

Belarus President holds meeting on development of oil refining industry
Belarus modernizing major oil refineries in bid for higher revenues The President criticized the work of Belarusian oil refining on June 1. For Belarus this is a strategic area. But in 2016, the oil balance went into negative territory. In addition to objective global causes, there are many internal problems. Among the most obvious are the prolonged periods of modernization of Belarusian refineries.

01.06.2017

Belarus President says oil refining turning into unprofitable industry
Belarus President says oil refining turning into unprofitable industry The President has criticized the work of Belarusian oil refining on June 1 at a meeting on the strategy for the development of the industry. The question is akin to the independence of the state, Alexander Lukashenko is convinced. Two refineries bring the same benefits as one telecommunications company Beltelecom. Oil refining is a strategic industry for Belarus, its share in industry is more than 13%, and about 17% in export. But in 2016, the oil balance went into negative territory.

24.04.2017

First barrels of “black gold” produced in Zhlobin
First barrels of “black gold” produced in Zhlobin First barrels of “black gold” were produced by Belarusian oilmen at the new oil field near Zhlobin. According to the specialists, as many as 800 thousand tons of oil are in the subsoil. Belarus doubled the extraction of the hydrocarbon crude in 2016 alone. Other resources are used more as well.

03.04.2017

Minerals and Amber Deposits in Belarus. Geologists Prospecting Secrets and Specifics
Minerals and amber deposits in Belarus. Secrets and specifics of geologists' work The success in the sands of the Kara Kum has been made with the help of geologists from Belarus. This is coincidence that their professional holiday has fallen on the 2nd of April. Mineral prospectors used to be associated with a pick, a spade and a rucksack, as well as a guitar and a beard. This profession has been one of the most romantic. A prospecting expedition is working about 300 kilometers from the capital of Belarus, Minsk. One can see there no bearded men with picks and spades despite the image some romantic films provoke.

29.03.2017

Belarus to help Egypt, Sudan in water extraction
Belarus to help Egypt, Sudan in water extraction Belarusian geologists will help Egypt and Sudan in the drilling of wells for water extraction. Negotiations are now underway on what sites to select for drilling. The works will start already in 2017. The project is estimated at tens of millions of dollars. Experts are now purchasing suitable equipment for exploration and drilling of deep-water wells for groundwater extraction.

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.

24.10.2016

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.

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.

11.07.2016

Mikhail Myasnikovich visits Soligorsk Plant of Technological Equipment
Mikhail Myasnikovich visits Soligorsk Plant of Technological Equipment Financial reanimation or bankruptcy? The future of Soligorsk Technological Equipment Plant was discussed on July 8. The head of the upper house of Belarus' parliament and former prime minister, Mikhail Myasnikovich, visited the company where he got familiar with the situation and met with staff. The plant, which is about 30 years old, specializes in the manufacturing and repairs of equipment for mining and chemical industries. 

31.05.2016

Belarus raises duties on oil and oil products exported outside EEU
Belarus raises duties on oil and oil products exported outside EEU In June, Belarus will earn more from oil exports. Including thansk to increase in the total cost of raw materials. From June 1, Belarus will raise duties on oil and oil products exported outside the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). Product petrol price will rise by almost $9 per ton, while crude oil by more than $14. Provided that the average volume of exports per month will be 135,000 tons in June, the budget will receive nearly $2 million in addition. Fuel prices at Belarusian gas stations are to remain unchanged.

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.

13.04.2016

Minsk, St. Petersburg sign agreement on drinking water quality
Minsk, St. Petersburg sign agreement on drinking water quality Management of water utilities in Minsk and St. Petersburg have agreed on new forms of cooperation. They signed an agreement in the field of drinking water quality. This is a fruitful result of the Minsk Mayor’s instructions about the new points of contact. First of all, we are talking about switching to an automated system, the so-called online water supply. Experts already have some new ideas and developments.

09.04.2016

What does the subsoil of Belarus hide?
What does the subsoil of Belarus hide? A geologist is probably one of the most romantic professions. A beard and a guitar is a stereotype in most cases, but their everyday work is still full of secrets. The Museum of Boulders is one of the most mysterious places in Minsk. Imagine, these rock giants were brought to Belarus by the great glacier! They were scattered all over the country and were put in one place only in the 1970s. It was geologists who brought thousands of these boulders from all over Belarus to Minsk.

02.02.2016

1st Eurasian Mining and Exploration Forum takes place in Minsk
1st Eurasian Mining and Exploration Forum takes place in Minsk The formation of a single commodity market, the development of public-private partnerships in the mining industry and advanced technology development of mineral resources were among the central topics of the I Eurasian Mining and Exploration Forum in Minsk, which brought together partners from all over the Eurasian Economic Union.  Perhaps the most urgent issue for the world today is to find new cost-effective raw materials. Conventional oil and gas are becoming irrelevant. And the clear evidence of it is the rapidly falling price of "black gold".
Belarus to determine oil production volume taking into account world prices
Belarus to determine oil production volume taking into account world prices Belarus will determine the volume of oil production, taking into account world prices. At the forefront will be the economic feasibility, note the environmental agencies of the country. Traditional extraction of minerals on previously discovered fields will continue. However, new fields will be discovered, too. Now oil prices are falling, so the state will apply the regime of the rational use of resources. The plans include production of glass sands, building stone and basalt. Also, Belarus will be looking for new kinds of mineral waters.
Development strategy of EEU single commodity market discussed in Minsk
Development strategy of EEU single commodity market discussed in Minsk The formation of the development strategy of a single commodity market in the Eurasian Economic Union was discussed today, February 2, in Minsk. Minsk is hosting the first Eurasian Mining and Exploration Forum. In the framework of this plan, it is planned to develop a common approach to the geological information and its processing. This will allow a more accurate assessment of the importance of deposits as well as calculation of the economic impact of their production.

01.02.2016

Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Belarus Andrei Kovkhuto
Belarus to develop new deposits of minerals, including oil in 2016 In Belarus, in 2016, will continue the traditional production of minerals, and begin development of new deposits, including oil, Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Belarus Andrei Kovkhuto told reporters in Minsk Monday. "The main focus for us is the production of traditional types of minerals. Also, we are talking about new fields, including oil since this is the most cost-effective raw material, despite the fall in prices," said A.Kovkhuto.

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.

21.12.2015

Belarus creates mineral resources development program
Belarus creates mineral resources development program The economy of Belarus needs to reduce dependence on foreign raw materials, said the Belarus President at a meeting on the status and prospects of the development of raw material base of the country.

25.09.2015

Belovezhskaya Pushcha documentary shot by Animal Planet presented in Minsk
Belovezhskaya Pushcha documentary shot by Animal Planet presented in Minsk In Minsk, a documentary premiere about the Belovezhskaya Pushcha was held. Rare animals, old trees, and the oldest nature reserve in Europe. The secrets of Belarus natural gem was opened to the world by a famous American TV channel Animal Planet. The picture was shot this summer. A 45-minute documentary film depicts Pushcha’s rich flora and fauna, as well as a tourism potential of the reserve. The film is translated into 6 languages. On September 27, the world premiere on Discovery will be held.

15.09.2015

New oil deposit in Gomel region brings 25 tons of black gold per day
New oil deposit in Gomel region brings 25 tons of black gold per day An oil deposit has been discovered in the Gomel region. Geologists have found an additional half a million tons of "black gold" in the territory, which seemed to be 100% explored. Now works are underway to arrange the well and begin commercial extraction. Specialists expect 25 tons of so-called light oil. The internal structure of the earth is a bit like a double cake. To find hydrocarbon filling among hard formation one needs not only knowledge, but also certain luck.

26.08.2015

New oil field discovered in Belarus, Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Andrei Kovkhuto says
New oil field discovered in Belarus A new oil field has been discovered in Belarus. This was announced today by the Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Andrei Kovkhuto, during a press conference dedicated to the 55th anniversary of the system of environmental protection in Belarus. "Another field, considerable field, has been discovered in Belarus. Now we are estimating its reserves. This is the Shatilkovskoe deposit, which is located in the Pripyat depression," he explained.

03.08.2015

Andrei Kovkhuto: More than 7.5 billion tons of potash explored in Belarus
Andrei Kovkhuto: More than 7.5 billion tons of potash explored in Belarus Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Belarus Andrei Kovkhuto answered questions of the program "Week" on the CTV channel. Mr Kovkhuto, you are a hereditary geologist and have recently become minister. In your opinion, do we have in our depths some other unexplored minerals?

30.07.2015

Alexander Lukashenko: I do not believe Belarus doesn't have large amounts of oil
Alexander Lukashenko: I do not believe Belarus doesn't have large amounts of oil President of Belarus calls for tighter work on mineral exploration. This was discussed at the July 30 meeting of the head of state with minister of natural resources and environmental protection Andrey Kovkhuto. Alexander Lukashenko paid special attention to serious shortcomings in prospecting. In 2015, there will be held a meeting on mineral resources in Belarus and the exploration of new fields.

18.03.2015

Igor Lyashenko, chairman of the Belarusian State Concern for Oil and Chemistry
Fuel prices in Belarus no longer tied to U.S. dollar The cost of fuel in Belarus is no more tied to the U.S. dollar. said on March 18 chairman of the concern Belneftekhim. According to Igor Lyashenko, a different approach to the formation of the price of gasoline has been developed.   The new mechanism is tied to the price of a barrel of oil, and is comparable to the prices in neighboring countries. According to Mr Lyashenko, if the cost of a barrel falls, for example, to 20 dollars, the price of motor fuel in the domestic market of Belarus will decrease.

03.10.2014

Belarus-Russia oil duty dispute: 'Tax maneuver' explained In May 2014, the three presidents signed the joint document - the Treaty establishing the Eurasian Economic Union. It has already been ratified by the parliaments of the two countries - Russia and Kazakhstan.