Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 24 / Trend /
An earthquake occurred in Turkey did not affect the work and export operations carried out by the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline that transports bulk of the Azerbaijani oil, BP-Azerbaijan reported on Monday.
The company reported that the minimum distance from the earthquake epicenter to the BTC pipeline is 200 kilometers.
The pipeline is equipped with different instruments and detectors designed for such cases, which did not record the impact of earthquakes on its operation and status, the report reads.
The earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale jolted Van city in Turkey at 3:41 am. Tremors were felt in Diyarbekir, Batman, Sirnak, Mus, Erzurum, Bingol, Bitlis, Siirt, Mardin towns. There are damages and human casualties. According to the Turkish media outlets, death toll can reach 1,000 people.
The BТС's total length is 1.768 kilometers including a 443-kilometer section running via Azerbaijan, a 249-kilometer section traversing Georgia and a 1.076-kilometer section passing through Turkey. The pipeline's construction began in April 2003. First oil was marked May 18, 2005.
BTC Co. shareholders include: BP (30.1 percent); AzBTC (25 percent); Chevron (8.90 percent); Statoil Hydro (8.71 percent); ТРАО (6.53 percent); Eni (5 percent); Total (5 percent); Itochu (3.40 percent); Inpex (2.50 percent); ConocoPhillips (2.50 percent) and Amerada Hess (2.36 percent).