SOCAR expects increase in transportation volumes via Kulevi oil terminal

Oil&Gas Materials 16 May 2011 17:25 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, May 16 /Trend E. Ismayilov /

As of May 16, Kulevi oil terminal of State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) transported 1.4 million tons of oil, a source in SOCAR said.

In April 2011 Kulevi Oil Terminal transported 291,933 tons of crude oil and oil products, the source said.

He said that according to the optimistic forecast this year, Kulevi terminal plans to transport 4 million tons of oil cargo.

"At best, it could be 4 million, but the amount may be less," the source said.

In 2010, the Kulevi terminal transported 3.6 million tons of oil, or 56 percent more than in 2009.

The volume of transshipment increased as the terminal has begun transporting Kazakh oil from the Tengiz field since July 2010. Earlier, it was involved in transporting oil products.

The terminal was put into operation in summer 2008. Its total capacity is 10 million tons of oil per year, including 3 million tons of oil, 3 million tons of diesel fuel, and 4 million tons of fuel oil.

The terminal can accommodate up to 168 tank cars. The tank farm's total volume is 320,000 cubic meters with the possibility of increasing to 380,000 cubic meters. The port has two berths to load petroleum products in tankers of up to 100,000 tons.

Loading productivity ranges from 1,000 to 8,000 cubic meters per hour. The railway station, which can simultaneously accommodate up to 180 carriage awaiting discharge of cargo, serves to the port. The railway trestle can simultaneously unload 168 carriages.