Some 3mln Tons of Oil Transported from Azerbaijan in January

Oil&Gas Materials 23 February 2008 14:27 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 23 February / Trend / In January 2008 a total of 3mln tons of oil was transported via pipelines and railway from Azerbaijan, the State Customs Committee said.

Some 2.7mln tons of the light oil, produced from the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli fields, was exported via Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline in January.

The BP-operated BTC is used for the transportation of the light oil produced from the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli fields. The only two foreign participants in the project of the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli field development, the US companies ExxonMobil and Devon do not deliver their oil via BTC. These companies were not the investors in the BTC construction and sell their oil via the Georgian port of Batumi, by the railway.

In January export via the Baku-Novorossiysk (northern pipeline) made up 83,000 tons. This route mainly transported SOCAR oil produced from the fields funded by themselves, as well as crude lifted by onshore joint ventures and operating companies with foreign capital.

The committee said that during this period oil was not pumped via the BP-operated Baku-Supsa pipeline due to ongoing repairs. Oil export via this ceased at the end of 2006. The operator is currently involved in resolving technical problems found in this pipeline.

In January 234,000 tons of oil was transported by rail. Along with light oil produced by ExxonMobil and Devon from the ACG, transit oil, transported from Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan via Azerbaijan is also delivered to the Georgian Black Sea ports.