Agrarian Ministry updates on vegetable oil pipeline to Poland project
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The construction of the oil pipeline from Ukraine to Poland has not been stopped, and Poland is currently in the process of agreeing on the route of its laying, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine told LIGA.net.

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The department hopes that the proposal of the European Commission to ban the import of Ukrainian oil to Poland will not affect the implementation of the project.

"We hope that nothing will affect it. Internal Polish procedures related to the approval of the laying of the route are currently underway. Since this is a complex procedure, many communities and environmental regulations are affected," the Ministry of Agrarian Policy emphasized.

It was planned that the pipeline should run from Yahodyn (Volyn Oblast) to Gdańsk.

On September 7, 2022, Ukraine and Poland signed a Memorandum on the project for the construction of a cross-border pipeline through which Ukrainian vegetable oil will be transported. Primarily, it was planned to transport sunflower oil, and to a lesser extent rape and soybean oil.

According to the Minister of Agrarian Policy, Mykola Solskyi, the pipeline between Ukraine and Poland will be able to transport 2 million tons of oil per year. It is tentatively planned that the length of the pipeline will be 600 km. Six months ago, Solskyi stressed that "construction will take less time than the approval of all documents."

On April 26, 2023, the European Commission expanded the list of goods subject to the ban on imports to Poland from Ukraine. Sunflower oil has been added to this list, although its transit will be allowed.