SOCAR starts receiving large vessels at its own terminal on Black Sea
Georgia, Tbilisi, September 30 / Trend , N.Kirtzkhalia /
SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan) has completed the dredging work on its own Black Sea terminal in Kulevi, which will allow receiving tankers with deadweight of 104,000 ton, a source at the port told Trend special correspondent in Tbilisi.
"Now a Greek tanker [with deadweight of more than 100,000 tons] AEGEAN FREEDOM is in the port for loading," the same source said. Earlier the Kulevi port, located in the Georgian section of Black Sea, could board ships of not more than 50,000 tons.
Kulevi terminal's capacity to receive vessels of large capacity is directly linked to the trans-shipment of Kazakh oil from Tengiz field. This oil is delivered from Kazakhstan through the Caspian Sea to Baku. Tengiz is developed by TengizChevroil JV.
This year, about 5 million tons of Kazakh oil will be transported through the territory of Azerbaijan, of which more than three million falls on Tengiz field.
Oil terminal in Kulevi was put into operation last summer. The total capacity of the terminal is 10 million tons of oil per year, including three million tons of oil, three million tons of diesel fuel, four million tons of fuel oil. The terminal can accommodate up to 168 tank-cars.
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