History

  • The idea to create a new route for transportation of the Caspian crude oil to Europe appeared in Ukraine at the beginning of 1990-s. The main goal at that time was to increase the energy safety of Ukraine and to strengthen its position as a hydrocarbon transit country.
  • 15th of February, 1993 the President of Ukraine signed a Decree concerning construction of the “Pivdenny” Marine Oil Terminal .
  • 1996 – construction of the Odessa – Brody oil pipeline began. It was fully financed by the Ukrainian Government from its own resources.
  • 2002 – construction of the Odessa – Brody oil pipeline was completed.
  • 5th of August 2002 – the first tanker was served at the “Pivdenny” MOT (with 100.000 DWT and Tengiz oil on).
  • March 2003 – the Business plan for the Odessa – Brody pipeline was prepared by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and Channoil confirmed the EAOTC route for light oil transportation from the Caspian region to Europe as feasible and attractive.
  • May 2003, the Odessa-Brody-Plock Oil Transportation Project was declared a Project of Pan-European importance by the European Commission (Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the development of energy policy for the enlarged European Union, its neighbors and partner countries, 13.05.2003).
  • 27th of May 2003 – The Brussels Conference entitled “Odessa-Brody-Plock Oil Transportation Project: Enhancing European Union Energy Security and Integrity” took place, during which “The Joint Declaration of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Poland and the European Commission on the Support of the Euro-Asian Oil Transport Corridor Project” was signed. By way of this declaration, the Trilateral EU-Ukraine-Poland Joint Expert Working Group for the development of the Odessa-Brody-Plock Oil Transportation System was also established.
  • 14th of July 2003 – the Gdansk Industrial Round-table “Odessa-Gdansk: Northern Dimension for Caspian Oil” was held, during which the state oil companies of Poland (PERN “Przyjaźń” S.A.) and Ukraine (JSC “Ukrtransnafta”) agreed to form a “Partnership” for developing the project concept for the oil pipeline extension between Brody and Plock.
  • 1st of August, 2003 – a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a Partnership which would constitute the beneficiary of the EU’s EUR 2 million technical assistance project (i.e. the present ToR), was signed in the presence of the Prime Ministers of the Republic of Poland and Ukraine.
  • 12th of November 2003 – Meeting in Berlin of the Partnership and representatives of the European Commission, German Ministries of Economy and Environment and German companies, which confirmed support from all parties for the Odessa-Brody-Plock oil transportation corridor and the role of a further Schwedt-Wilhelmshaven extension in its commercial success.
  • 26th of November 2003 – an Agreement was signed between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the Republic of Poland concerning use of the Odessa – Brody hydrocarbon transportation system and its integration with Polish facilities.
  • February 2004 – the Government of Ukraine enabled use of the Odessa – Brody pipeline in reverse direction.
  • July 2004 – JSC “Ukrtransnafta” and PERN “Przyjaźń” S.A. established the “Sarmatia” International Pipeline Company (MPR “Sarmatia” Sp. z o.o.) to investigate the possibility of extending the Odessa – Brody pipeline to Poland.
  • July 2004 – JSC “Ukrtransnafta” signed a contract with TNK – PB for Russian oil transportation through the Odessa – Brody pipeline from Brody to the “Pivdenny” MOT.
  • July 2005 – the international Consortium SWECO PIC – ILF – Kantor won a tender for preparation of a business plan for implementing the project to extend the Odessa – Brody oil pipeline to Poland organized by the European Commission.
  • December 2006 – the SWECO PIC – ILF – Kantor consortium finished work on the Enhanced Framework Business Plan for the Odessa – Brody – Plock Project financed by the EC.
  • 11th of May 2007 – 1st Energy Summit in Krakow. In joint Communiqué the Presidents of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine and the special representative of the President of Kazakhstan declared strong support for the EAOTC Project.
  • 10-11th of October 2007 – 2nd Energy Summit in Vilnius. Agreement Between the Ministry of Industry and Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ministry of Energy of Georgia, Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Poland and Ministry of Fuel and Energy of Ukraine Concerning Co-Operation in the Energy Sector.
  • 10th of October 2007 in Vilnius SOCAR, GOGC, AB “Klaipedos Nafta”, PERN “Przyjaźń” S.A. and JSC “Ukrtransnafta” signed an Agreement on accession to MPR “Sarmatia” Sp. z o.o.
  • March 2008 – MPR “Sarmatia” announced a tender for the preparation of a Feasibility Study of the EAOTC Project.
  • 14th of April 2008 – MPR “Sarmatia”, in the presence of the Presidents of Ukraine and Poland, signed an Agreement with Granherne Limited for preparation of the Feasibility Study.
  • 23rd of May 2008 – 3rd Energy Summit in Kiev. The Presidents of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Poland and Ukraine in a Joint Statement declared that the acceleration of the implementation of the EAOTC Project and the quickest commencement of Caspian crude oil transportation through this route remains one of the priorities for their countries.
  • 14th of November 2008 – 4th Energy Summit in Baku. The Presidents and official representatives from the Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Bulgaria, Republic of Estonia, Georgia, Hellenic Republic, Republic of Hungary, Italian Republic, Republic of Latvia, Republic of Lithuania, Republic of Poland, Romania, Swiss Confederation, Republic of Turkey, Ukraine, the United States of America and the European Commission in the joint Declaration recognized the significance of involvement of Odessa-Brody oil pipeline in the system of Euro-Asian Oil Transportation Corridor for the oil supply to the European markets and welcomed the initiatives on the establishment of the Caspian-Black Sea-Baltic Energy Transit Space.