Russian company interested in transporting oil via Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.5 / Trend, S. Suleymanov, E. Ismailov
The Russian company Lukoil is interested in transporting oil via the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, SOCAR Company's senior representative said today in Astana. He didn't say from which field transportation of oil via this route is expected.
"At present the talks are underway on the issue," SOCAR's representative said.
Azerbaijan exports its oil produced on the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli offshore fields' block in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea. Also, a few months ago the pipeline began transporting small amounts of oil from Turkmenistan.
Earlier this route transported oil produced in Kazakhstan in the Tengiz field.
The total length of BТС is 1.768 kilometers including the 443 kilometer section running via Azerbaijan, the 249 kilometer section via Georgia and the 1.076 kilometer via Turkey. Construction of the pipeline began in April 2003 and it was filled with oil on May 18, 2005.
BTC Co. shareholders include BP (30.1%); AzBTC (25%); Chevron (8.90%); Statoil Hydro (8.71%); ТРАО (6.53%); Eni (5%); Total (5%); Itochu (3.40%); Inpex (2.50%); ConocoPhillips (2.50%) and Amerada Hess (2.36%).