“I am sure that the Odesa-Brody will never be launched in designed mode if Tymoshenko or Yanukovych become the premier,” he said.
The head of state also noted that interests of both Ukraine and other countries are intercrossed in the issue on the Odesa-Brody launch in direct mode.
Yushchenko has repeatedly lashed Premier Tymoshenko for her resistance to transferring the Odesa-Brody oil pipeline into designed mode of operation for transporting the Caspian oil.
Today, this oil pipeline is used for delivering the Russian oil.
On May 14, 2009, President Yushchenko signed a decree on the designed mode of operation of the Odesa-Brody oil pipeline.
On April 24, participants in the International Pipeline Enterprise Sarmatia approved the feasibility study of the project on setting up the Euro-Asian Oil Transportation Corridor (EAOTC), the basis of which is launching of the Odesa-Brody oil pipeline in the direct regime (in the direction of Brody).
The Sarmatia forecasts completion of the Odesa-Brody oil pipeline construction to Polish Plock and Gdansk till 2012.
In January 2008, the Azerbaijan oil and gas company Socar, the Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation and the Lithuanian Klaipedos Nafta were included as founders of the Ukrainian-Polish Company Sarmatia.
The approved feasibility study confirmed attractiveness of the three routes for oil transportation: the western route (to Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Austria), the north route (to Polish Plock and Gdansk) and the eastern route (to Belarus).
Ukraine completed construction of the 674 km oil pipeline Odesa-Brody in 2002. The route allowed pumping up to 14 million tons of oil in the direction of Ukraine's western border. In the middle of 2004, the Ukrtransnafta and the TNK-BP signed an agreement for the term of three years about the indirect use of the route that provided for annual pumping of nine million tons of oil in the direction of the oil terminal Yuzhny in the vicinity of the Black Sea port Odesa (South Ukraine).
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