Kazakhstan, Astana, Sep. 1 / Trend D.Mukhtarov /
Kazakhstan Caspian Transportation System will be implemented in stages, the chairman of the Board of KazMunaiGas, Lazzat Kiinov, said.
"Implementation period, stages and system capacity will be determined based on the graphics and production profile in the second and third phases of Kashagan development," Kiinov said in an interview with Kazakh Liter newspaper.
Kazakhstan Caspian Transportation System (KCTS) is an integrated system designed to transport Kazakh oil, mainly from Tengiz and Kashagan fields to Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline and other transport systems to the international markets.
KCTS consists of Eskene-Kuryk oil pipeline with feed line from Tengiz, which is designed to transport crude oil from Eskene and Tengiz to oil terminal in Kuryk on the Kazakh coast of the Caspian Sea as well as the Trans-Caspian system.
Trans-Caspian system is designed for oil transportation from Kazakhstan to Azerbaijan across the Caspian Sea to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline and includes an oil terminal on the Kazakh coast, tankers and vessels, oil discharge terminal on the Azerbaijani coast and connecting facilities to the Baku-Tbilisi -Ceyhan pipeline.
The Trans-Caspian transport infrastructure can also be used partly to transport oil via other transport routes.