8 Oct 2010 15:52

Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline pumps 2.4% more oil in Jan-Sept

BAKU. Oct 8 (Interfax) - Azerbaijan pumped 27.964 million tonnes of oil through the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline in the first nine months of the year, 2.4% more than in January-September 2009, State Oil Company of the Azerbaijani Republic (SOCAR) told Interfax.

"In September, the BTC oil pipeline transported 3.139 million tonnes of Azerbaijani oil. In general, from the moment the pipeline was put into use [June 4, 2006] to October 1 this year - 134.501 million tonnes of oil," a SOCAR representative said.

The oil terminal at Ceyhan shipped 27.892 million tonnes of Azerbaijani oil in January-September, including 2.975 million tonnes in September alone and 132.511 since shipments began on the pipeline.

The BTC pipeline stretches 1,769 kilometers, with 443 km in Azerbaijan, 248 km in Georgia, and 1,078 km in Turkey. Throughput capacity is 50 million tonnes of oil per year.

Project members are: BP (30.1%), SOCAR (25%), Chevron (8.9%), Statoil (8.71%), TPAO (6.53%), ENI (5%), Itochu (3.4%), ConocoPhillips (2.5%), INPEX (2.5%), Total (2.5%), and Amerada Hess (2.36%).