Will Baku-Supsa reopen this year?

Oil&Gas Materials 30 November 2022 12:04 (UTC +04:00)
Will Baku-Supsa reopen this year?
Laman Zeynalova
Laman Zeynalova
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BAKU, Azerbaijan, November 30. bp hasn’t received nominations for Baku-Supsa for the last month of this year, which means the pipeline is not going to resume operation this year, Trend reports November 30.

“We have not received any Baku-Supsa nominations for December 2022,” bp Azerbaijan told Trend.

The company earlier said the pipeline is ready to start operating when needed.

“The Baku-Supsa (WREP) system has been suspended because of potential tanker unavailability in the Black Sea. The pipeline is always ready to start operating when needed. It is still shut down because we have not received any nomination from shippers for a tanker load at Supsa. Normally, decisions with regard to every next month are taken in previous months based on the nominations we get from shippers and we are ready to restart the pipeline when we get a nomination,” said the company.

The oil transportation via this pipeline was suspended in March and was resumed after repair and adjustment works carried out from April 1 to April 17. Afterwards, the oil pumping via Baku-Supsa was halted again.

Due to the halt of Baku-Supsa, the whole volume of Azerbaijani oil is exported via Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan.

The volume of oil transportation via the Baku-Supsa pipeline stood 4.2 million tons as of 2021. The oil produced from Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) block of fields offshore Azerbaijan accounted for the whole volume of transportation.

Baku-Supsa, or Western Route Export Pipeline transports Caspian oil from Sagachal terminal near Baku to Georgian Supsa port in the Black Sea. The pipeline was put into operation on April 17, 1999.

Baku-Supsa’s length stands at 837 kilometers with transportation capacity exceeding 7 million tons per year or 145 million barrels per day. The bp operated pipeline’s final destination is the port of Supsa, wherefrom oil is transported to Europe via tankers.


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