Oil-Loading Transport from Azerbaijan and Middle Asia to Black Sea Ports Still Embarrassed

Oil&Gas Materials 19 August 2008 16:32 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 19 August / Trend corr. E.Ismayilov / Repairs on the bridge near Tbilisi, which will be temporary used for oil-loading transport from Azerbaijan and Central Asia to Black Sea ports - Poti, Batumi and Kulevi, have not been completed so far, Mahir Mammadov, General Director of the SOCAR Georgia company, said.

"Repairs have not been completed. In spite of the works implemented over the bridge, the bridge seems to be useless for transporting," Mammadov said.

At present, there are six oil-loading filled trains on the Boyuk-Kasik station (border between Azerbaijan and Georgia). Other six trains stand near the station in the Azerbaijani territory. Fifteen trains stand near Tbilisi as well. 

The oil-loading transport to the Black Sea ports in Georgia near the Georgian Caspian port was suspended due to explosion on 16 August.

Azerbaijani State Railway (ASR) cannot be connected to make statements on the issue. Earlier, ASR said that the goods and passenger trains carry out transport in usual regime as the trains go to Tbilisi only.

SOCAR Georgia is SOCAR's daughter company.

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