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Lithuanian Railways and Orlen sign deal on oil product transport tariffs

BC, Vilnius, 28.06.2017.Print version
After lengthy negotiations, Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways) and Orlen Lietuva, Lithuania's sole crude refinery owned by Poland's Orlen, have signed a deal on oil product transport tariffs, writes LETA/BNS.

Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai CEO Mantas Bartuska and Orlen Lietuva CEO Ireneusz Fafara signed a renewed agreement at the government's building in Vilnius on Wednesday.

This ends a long-running dispute between the state railway operator and the crude refinery over a transport agreement that was signed back in 2009 and expires in 2024. Relations between the companies went sour in 2014 following the government's decision to increase infrastructure fees for dangerous goods, including oil products.

Orlen Lietuva has since 2014 paid Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai less than the invoiced amount, saying that the railway operator charged it extra fees not listed in their agreements on tariffs.

The two companies have taken each other to court over the disagreements. Orlen Lietuva claims around 70 million euros from Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai and the railway company seeks some 40 mln euros from the crude refinery.

Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai last year transported 9 million tons of freight for Orlen Lietuva, one of its largest customers.

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