"For us, this project is an essential element for the diversification of energy supplies. And if we are talking about a political solution, nothing has changed in the position of Poland," he said.
Tusk stressed that both Ukraine and Poland should work together to solve financial and organizational issues for the development of this project.
"It will be necessary to attract a lot of money. And those who will invest these funds must be assured that this project will demonstrate not only the political solidarity, but also bring economic results," the Polish prime minister emphasized.
Tusk said he had already discussed the completion of the Odesa-Brody pipeline to Gdansk with President Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine.
The idea of the Eurasian Oil Transportation Corridor (EAOTC) construction project based on Odesa - Brody - Plock - Gdansk pipeline emerged in the mid-90's. It included construction of a new oil transport corridor, which would give an opportunity to deliver Caspian oil to Western and Central Europe.
On May 23, 2003 in Brussels, the governments of Ukraine, Poland and the European Commission signed a joint declaration to support the EAOTC project. The European Commission also allocated EUR 2 million to conduct a feasibility study for the Brody - Plock pipeline, which would give the opportunity to extend the already built Ukrainian pipe from Odesa on the Black Sea to the Polish Gdansk on the Baltic coast.
The cost of implementing EAOTC based on the Odesa-Brody oil pipeline, according to the approved feasibility study, is USD 2-8 billion depending on the volume of oil transportation.
Oil pipeline Odessa-Brody pipeline was built in 2001 to pump Caspian oil to Europe bypassing Russia. Due to the lack of branches to Poland's Plock and Gdansk, the pipeline is now used by Ukraine to pump small volumes of Russian crude oil (under the terms of the contract to 9 million tons per year) in the indirect mode towards Odesa.
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