BTC Pipeline Transports 89% of Azerbaijani Oil

Oil&Gas Materials 20 September 2008 20:09 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 20 September / Trend / "From January to August, pipelines and railway exported some 25.2mln tons of oil from Azerbaijan," Azerbaijan State Statistical Committee reported.

During this period the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) exported 22.5mln tons oil. The BP-operated BTC is used to transport the light oil, produced from the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) fields. Only two foreign participants in the project of the ACG 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 transported there by railway.

From January to August, the oil export via the Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline comprised 812,500 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 after the completion of repair work the oil pumping via the BP-operated Baku-Supsa pipeline was resumed in May and oil transportation made up 83,600 in May to August (in mid August the pipeline was again stopped). The operator of the pipeline is BP. Before suspension, the pipeline was pumping light oil from the ACG fields  

From January to August, 1.8mln tons of oil was transported by railways. Along with the light oil produced by ExxonMobil and Devon from the ACG, transit oil, transported from Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan via Azerbaijan, is also delivered by railway to the Georgian Black Sea ports.