Azerbaijan, Baku, July 28 / Trend, S. Suleymanov /
Azerbaijan has always been very reliable transit country, U.S. Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy Richard Morningstar said July 28 in Astana.
"Azerbaijan has always been very reliable transit country, and I hope it will be so in the future," Morningstar said.
Regarding assistance in continuation of Kazakh oil's transportation from Tengiz field via the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline, Morningstar stressed that Chevron hasn't appealed regarding assistance in the resumption of transit of the Tengiz oil via the BTC.
"The U.S. has always supported the Baku-Tbilisi - Ceyhan oil pipeline and I was very actively involved in this process in the years in government service. And we [the U.S.] supported the possibility of transporting the Kazakh oil via the BTC, but also supported the project of expansion of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) and Trans-Caspian Kazakh Oil Transport System to export new amounts of oil from the Caspian region," Morningstar said.
Since early 2010, TengizChevrOil has stopped shipping oil from the Kazakh oil field Tengiz via the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline due to tariff increase. Amounts previously supplied via the pipeline, are now transported by rail from Baku to the Georgian Black Sea ports of Batumi and Kulevi.