Ventspils' oil draught to worsen

  • 2003-01-16
  • Gary Peach
RIGAThe situation with oil deliveries to Ventspils, which have dropped off to nothing since the start of the year, acquired a sense of urgency last week as Russia's leading crude producers made a joint appeal to the Russian government to reopen the Baltic export route.However, the appeal has apparently fallen on deaf ears, as Russian Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko said Jan. 14 that the country's oil export plan for the first quarter - which does not provide for shipments to Ventspils - will not be reviewed.Earlier this month Transneft, monopoly operator of Russia's enormous oil pip...
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