Gas transport via South Caucasus Pipeline increases 75 percent
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 18
By Emil Ismayilov - Trend:
In January 2014, the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline transported 2.9 million tons of oil, compared to 2.8 million tons in January 2013, the State Statistical Committee of Azerbaijan told Trend on Feb.17.
"The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline accounted for three quarters of all the oil transported via the country's main pipelines," the State Committee said.
Some 33 million tons of oil was transported via the country's main oil pipelines in 2013, compared to 32.9 million tons in 2012.
In total, 3.7 million tons of oil was similarly transported during the reporting period, the committee said. This figure amounted to 43.5 million tons in 2013.
The total length of BТС is 1768 kilometres including a 443 kilometre section running via Azerbaijan, a 249 kilometre section via Georgia and 1076 kilometres via Turkey. Construction of the pipeline began in April 2003 and started flowing with oil on May 18, 2005.
BTC Co. shareholders include BP (30.1percent); AzBTC (25 percent); Chevron (8.9 percent); Statoil (8.71 percent); ТРАО (6.53 percent); Eni (five percent); Total (five percent); Itochu (3.40 percent); Inpex (2.5 percent); ConocoPhillips (2.50 percent) and ONGC (2.36 percent).
Around 700,000 cubic meters of gas were transported via the South Caucasus Pipeline (Baku -Tbilisi - Erzurum) in January, compared to 400,000 cubic meters in the same period of 2013.
Around 4.7 billion cubic meters of gas were transported via the South Caucasus gas pipeline in 2013 compared to four billion cubic meters in 2012.
In total, two billion cubic meters of gas were transported via the country's main gas pipelines in January, according to the committee. Some 20 billion cubic meters of gas were transported by the same routes in 2013.
The length of the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum (South Caucasus gas pipeline) is over 700 km. 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.
Translated by L.Z.
Edited by S.M.