August 12, 2008

Russian-Georgian Conflict Affects Export of Azeri Oil, Gas

BP has stopped using the regional energy pipelines passing through Georgia, while Azerbaijan's State Oil Company (SOCAR) reports that the military operations have had no serious impact on its operations in Georgia.

Georgia's Kavkas-Press quoted BP Azerbaijan as saying that out of security concerns they have halted the transport of gas via the Baku- Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline and are not using the Baku-Supsa oil export pipeline.

Oil is being exported via alternate routes due to the repair work in the wake of the fire in Turkey that affected the Baku-Tbilisi- Ceyhan pipeline exporting oil from Azerbaijan via Georgia to the Turkish port of Ceyhan several days ago, Georgia's news agency quoted SOCAR's press release as saying. The Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline is functioning as normal and oil from Azerbaijan is also being exported via railways, the press release added.

"The oil products sold by SOCAR on the international markets are transported via railway to the Black Sea terminal in Qulevi (Georgia) that belongs to SOCAR. Despite the conflict raging in Georgia, another tanker was sent from Qulevi on Tuesday [12 August]. Oil from Azerbaijan is also being shipped via railway to the Georgian port of Batumi," the agency reported.

Originally published by Kavkas-Press, Tbilisi, in Russian 1454 12 Aug 08.

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