MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the documents presented at the Thursday meeting of a working group for the monitoring of oil quality, the Russian oil exports are expected to amount to 72 million tonnes in 2017 and to 72.6 million tonnes in 2018.
The company also noted reduction in high-sulfur oil processing at Russian oil refineries. It will reach 15.3 million tonnes in 2018, while pipeline system deliveries will account for 87.9 million tonnes in the same year.
According to Igor Katzal, the deputy vice-president of Transneft, Refineries of Tatarstan, Bashkortostan and Samara group have substantially reduced oil processing. A proposal to supply high-sulfur oil in a separate export stream, in order to improve the quality of oil export grade, has not yet been approved by the Russian authorities, Katzal told RIA Novosti.