Lithua­nia lays sym­bolic rail on re­stored Mažeiķi–Reņģe rail­way line

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Lithua­nia’s Li­etu­vos geležinke­liai rail­way com­pany’s di­rec­tor gen­eral Man­tas Bar­tuška and Pol­ish oil con­cern Orlen man­ager Daniel Obat­jek laid a sym­bolic rail on the re­stored rail­way route con­nect­ing Orlen Lithua­nia owned Mažeiķi oil pro­cess­ing plant in Lithua­nia and Reņģi in Latvia this Tues­day, 14 Au­gust.

The afore­men­tioned route was closed and dis­man­tled ten years ago. The two of­fi­cials also signed an agree­ment on co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two com­pa­nies.

This agree­ment pro­vides that Li­etu­vos geležinke­liai will carry car­goes from Orlen sub­sidiary Orlen Lithua­nia to Poland from now on.

Un­til now prod­ucts from Mažeiķi oil pro­cess­ing com­pany have been car­ried by Li­etu­vos geležinke­liai only within Lithua­nia’s ter­ri­tory. As Lithua­nia’s Trans­port Min­is­ter Rokas Ma­si­ulis said at the press­con­fer­ence, the lay­ing of the rail on the route has a sym­bolic mean­ing, be­cause it proves suc­cess­ful over­com­ing of pre­vi­ous dis­agree­ments be­tween Li­etu­vos geležinke­liai and Orlen. «This dis­agree­ment and dis­man­tling of the rail­way line many years ago had not only caused the con­flict be­tween Orlen Lithua­nia and Li­etu­vos geležinke­liai but had also im­pacted re­la­tions be­tween our coun­tries,» he said. Man­tas Bar­tuška called this day a his­tor­i­cal one. «To­day we com­mence restora­tion [of the rail­way] and open a new page. This is a day of part­ner­ship. To­gether we put the foun­da­tion for the fu­ture,» said the head of Li­etu­vos geležinke­liai. Obat­jek said the signed agree­ment will al­low the com­pany to carry more car­goes and ben­e­fit both Lithua­nia and Poland.

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Evija Tri­fanova/LETA

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