Russia to use Argus price assessments to calculate refinery compensation under tax manoeuvre

The Russian government will calculate the amount of compensation payable to oil refineries to offset the rising cost of domestic crude under its “tax manoeuvre” based in part on price assessments published by global commodity price reporting agency Argus.

The government’s tax manoeuvre, which took effect on 1 January, will see the gradual withdrawal of crude and product export duty by 2024, alongside rising mineral extraction tax on domestic production, which is expected to result in tighter domestic crude supply and higher costs for refiners. To offset the impact of these rising costs, the government has introduced a “negative excise tax”, which will provide for compensation to be paid to refiners that meet certain criteria.

The level of this compensation is intended to reflect the difference in prices for gasoline and diesel between the Russian and European markets. The calculation will be made using a formula based on price assessments for gasoline with an octane number of 91 and French diesel, as well as freight rates for tankers of 30,000 deadweight tonnes for the transportation of light oil products and the cost of transshipment of oil products at Russian Baltic ports. This information is published in the Argus European Products, Argus Freight and Argus Nefte Transport reports.

The Russian government already uses Argus price assessments to calculate export duty on crude and oil products, the mineral extraction tax base rate and the mineral extraction tax rate for new Russian offshore oil, gas and condensate fields.

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