BP: South Caucasus Pipeline ready for gas delivery to Turkey after expansion
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 18
By Maksim Tsurkov – Trend:
About $165 million were spent in capital expenditure and about $8 million in operating expenditure on the South Caucasus Pipeline (Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum) in the first quarter of 2018, BP said in a report on its activity in Azerbaijan in the first quarter of 2018.
The pipeline’s daily average throughput was about 23.1 million cubic meters of gas per day during the first quarter of 2018, according to the report.
Expansion of the South Caucasus Pipeline, which is a part of the Shah Deniz Stage 2 project, is 99 percent complete, according to the report.
All mainline production welds are now completed across the whole route, with only tie-in welds remaining to complete the pipeline, the report said.
“Compressor Station 1 in Georgia has already been declared ready to operate,” reads the report. “All infrastructure required to support first commercial gas deliveries to Turkey have now been completed. At Compressor Station 2, commissioning has commenced and the activities are on schedule.”
The length of the South Caucasus Pipeline exceeds 700 kilometers. The gas produced from the Shah Deniz field in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea is transported via the pipeline. The gas is delivered to Georgia and Turkey. At the same time, Azerbaijan also buys that gas.
The South Caucasus Pipeline Company, which owns the pipeline, has the following shareholders: BP (28.8 percent), TPAO (19 percent), AzSCP (10 percent), SGC Midstream (6.7 percent), PETRONAS (15.5 percent), LUKOIL (10 percent) and NICO (10 percent).
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