Oil transportation via BTC increases by over nine percent in Jan.-April

Baku, Azerbaijan, May 19

By Emil Ismayilov - Trend:

Some 11.7 million tonnes of oil was transported via the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline in January-April, 2014, versus 10.7 million tonnes in the same period of 2013, according to the report of the Azerbaijani State Statistical Committee.

"A three-quarter of the oil transported via the country's main oil pipelines in January-April 2014, fell to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline," the report said.

The BTC transported around 33 million tonnes of oil in 2013, versus 32.9 million tonnes in 2012.

The state committee said in total, about 15.5 million tonnes of oil was transported via the country's main oil pipelines during the reporting period, which is by 10.2 percent more than in January-April 2013.

The total length of the BТС is 1,768 kilometers including a 443 kilometer long section running through Azerbaijan, a 249 kilometer long section in Georgia and a 1,076 kilometer long section in Turkey. The construction of the pipeline started in April 2003. It was filled with oil on May 18, 2005.

The shareholders of BTC are BP (30.1 percent), AzBTC (25 percent), Chevron (8.9 percent), Statoil (8.71 percent), TPAO (6.53 percent), Eni (5 percent), Total (5 percent), Itochu (3.40 percent), Inpex (2.5 percent), ConocoPhilips (2.50 percent) and ONGC (2.36 percent).

The South Caucasus gas pipeline (Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum) transported some 2.2 billion cubic meters of gas in January-April, versus 1.4 billion cubic meters in the same period of 2013, according to the state committee's report.

Around 4.7 billion cubic meters of gas was transported via the South Caucasus gas pipeline in 2013, compared to four billion cubic meters in 2012.

About 7.8 billion cubic meters of gas was transported via the country's main gas pipelines in January-April 2014, which is by 12.1 percent more than in the same period of 2013, according to the report.

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

Edited by C.N.

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