Closing Turkish Bosphorus Strait not affect SOCAR's Black Sea oil terminal
Azerbaijan, Baku, 18 October / Trend E. Ismailov /
Closing Turkish Bosphorus Strait, which connects the Black Sea to the Marmara, due to heavy fog did not affect the activities of the Azerbaijani Black Sea oil terminal Kulevi in Georgia, owned by SOCAR, a source on the oil and gas market said.
"At present, the terminal operates in a normal regime, and closing the Strait did not affect activity of the terminal and the reception of vessels," said the source.
The Bosporus Strait is closed to all ships at 02:15 local time, RIA Novosti reported earlier. Opening is still unknown.
The Turkish straits of Bosporus and Dardanelles are the only waterway for oil shipments from the Black Sea, in particular from Kulevi, Poti, Batumi and Novorossiysk.
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. The total volume of the tank capacity is 320,000 cubic meters. Within two years, the capacity of the terminal is planned to be increased to 15-20 million tons.
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