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.
"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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