Gas transportation via South Caucasus pipeline increases since early 2013

Oil&Gas Materials 18 October 2013 20:07 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, October 18/Trend, E.Ismayilov/

Around 24.6 million tons of oil were transported via the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC)pipeline in January-September 2013 compared to 25.2 million tons in January-September 2012, the State Statistics Committee told Trend on Friday.

"Three-quarters of all oil transported via the main oil pipelines of the country flowed through the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline in January-September," the committee said.
In total, around 32.5 million tons of oil were transported via the main oil pipelines in January-September.

The BТС's total length is 1,768 kilometers including a 443-kilometre section running via Azerbaijan, a 249-kilometre section traversing Georgia and a 1076-kilometre section passing through Turkey. The pipeline's construction began in April 2003. The first oil was marketed on May 18, 2005.

The shareholders of BTC are BP (30.1 per cent), AzBTC (25 per cent), Chevron (8.9 per cent), Statoil (8.71 per cent), TRAO (6.53 per cent), Eni (5 per cent), Total (5 per cent), Itochu (3.40 per cent), Inpex (2.5 per cent), Conoco Philips (2.50 per cent) and ONGC (2.36 per cent).

According to the State Statistics Committee, around 3.1 billion cubic meters of gas were transported through the South Caucasus Gas Pipeline (Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum) in January-September compared to 3 billion cubic meters in January-September 2012.

In total, around 14.6 billion cubic meters of gas were transported via the main gas pipelines in January-September.

The length of the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum (South Caucasus gas pipeline) is over 700 km. The gas produced from the Shah Deniz field in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea is transported via the pipeline. The gas is supplied to Georgia and Turkey. Azerbaijan also is a buyer of gas.