There is no problem in oil export via the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, BP (operator of the pipeline) said on Wednesday. Earlier, Turkish media outlets reported about an explosion on the pipeline in the Kars province and about work to resume oil pumping.
As BP said, oil is pumped via the BTC pipeline in normal mode. Today, the pipeline transports oil produced in the block of Azerbaijani fields "Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli", condensate from the "Shah Deniz" field and oil from Turkmenistan. According to preliminary reports, the explosion in the Turkish province hit the gas transport infrastructure, which resulted in problems with the Turkish company Botas's gas operations.
The explosion occurred on the interior Turkish gas transportation infrastructure, through which gas produced from Azerbaijan via the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline is distributed. The gas pipeline has not suffered.
The B??'s total length is 1768 kilometres including a 443-kilometre section running via Azerbaijan, a 249-kilometre section traversing Georgia and a 176-kilometre section passing through Turkey. The pipeline's construction began in April 2003. First oil was marketed on May 18, 2005.
So far, the oil pipeline transported over 193 million tons of oil. BTC Co. shareholders include: BP, AzBTC, Chevron, Statoil Hydro, ????, Eni Total, Itochu Inpex, ConocoPhillips, and Amerada Hess.