Technical Shortfalls on Baku-Supsa Pipeline Prevents the Oil Exportation to be Re-established until Mid of 2007

Oil&Gas Materials 16 March 2007 11:29

Azerbaijan, Baku / corr. Trend I.Khalilova / The high-ranking representative of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) stated that according to the information provided by BP, the technical shortfalls in Baku-Supsa route do not allow the oil exportation to be re-established via this route at least until the mid of 2007.

"The SOCAR is interested in the volume of the oil transportation via this route over the remaining period of 2007, but we can not obtain concrete information and it depends on when the pipeline will be opened," he said.

According to him, there are technical problems in Baku-Supsa route in the territory of Georgia. In addition, landslide has happened, which is dangerous for the pipeline.

"Therefore, the operator (BP) assesses the prospects and forms of eliminating technical shorfalls on the pipeline," he said.

Presently the oil from the fields of Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli is exported via pipelines Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, Baku- Novorossisk and railway to Batumi Port.