Russia offers blended crude oil to Pakistan

KARACHI: Russia has made an offered to provide blended crude oil to Pakistan as the country’s refining sector is not able to process crude oil of one specification, The News reported on Friday.

The Russian side made an offer during a virtual meeting held between the authorities on Thursday. The offer is a part of the 100,000 barrels per day crude oil supply.

The Pakistani side, led by State Minister for Petroleum Dr Musadik Malik, comprised senior officials of the Petroleum Division and representatives from the oil sector whereas the Russian side consisted of senior officials of the energy ministry and relevant departments.

Sources privy to the proceedings of the meeting told The News the Pakistani authorities told their Russian counterparts that the country needed crude oil, petroleum products, gas and investment in infrastructure.

The Russian side told the Pakistani authorities that they were ready to work with them and would further deliberate upon it when a delegation from Russia would visit Pakistan in the third week of January 2023.

They further said that Russia would supply 100,000 barrels of crude oil to Pakistan daily. However, the Pakistani authorities told them that the country’s refineries were hydro-skimming refineries and processed light crude oil. They added that they would be more interested in light crude oil to process it efficiently.

The Russian authorities said that if the Pakistani refineries are not capable of processing one crude oil, they can provide them with blended crude oil.

The sources said that more discussion would be held when the Russian authorities would visit Pakistan next month.

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