Gas transportation via South Caucasus Pipeline increases

Oil&Gas Materials 17 December 2013 10:54 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 17
By Emil Ismayilov - Trend:

In January-November 2013, the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline transported 30.1 million tons of oil, which is similar to the same period of 2012, the State Statistics Committee of Azerbaijan told Trend on Dec.17.

"In January-November the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline accounted for three quarters of all the oil transported via main pipelines of the country," the State Committee said.

During the reported period, in total 39.8 million tons of oil was transported via main oil pipelines of the country.

The total length of BТС is 1,768 kilometers including a 443 kilometer section running via Azerbaijan, a 249 kilometer section via Georgia and 1,076 kilometers 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 (30.1per cent); AzBTC (25 per cent); Chevron (8.90 per cent); Statoil Hydro (8.71 per cent); ТРАО (6.53 per cent); Eni (5 per cent); Total (5 per cent); Itochu (3.40 per cent); Inpex (2.50 per cent); ConocoPhillips (2.50 per cent) and ONGC (2.36 per cent).

According to the State Statistics Committee data, 4.3 billion cubic meters of gas was transported via South Caucasus Pipeline (Baku -Tbilisi - Erzurum) in January-November ,2013, compared to 3.6 billion cubic meters in the same period of 2012.

In January-November 2013, in total 17.8 billion cubic meters of gas was transported via main gas pipelines of the country.

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.