26 Jan 2023 15:02

Baku-Supsa oil pipeline ready to resume pumping at any moment - BP

BAKU. Jan 26 (Interfax) - The Baku-Supsa oil pipeline, which is currently not in use, is ready to resume pumping oil at any time, Bakhtiyar Aslanbayli, BP vice president for communications and external relations in the Caspian and Middle East region, told reporters on Thursday.

BP is not currently using the Baku-Supsa pipeline, instead pumping its export potential via the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, owing to the lack of tankers that would enter the Black Sea and transport the oil pumped through the pipeline. If corresponding applications are received [for shipping Azeri Light from the Supsa terminal] and tankers are dispatched, then the pipeline will start operating, according to Aslanbayli.

Aslanbayli specified that the Baku-Supsa pipeline is not "frozen" and is fully ready to begin transporting oil at any moment.

As reported, oil has ceased pumping through the Baku-Supsa pipeline since the spring of 2022 because of the lack of corresponding applications for shipment at Supsa.