BP Denies Reports of Russia’s Bombing Major Oil Pipeline in Georgia

August 12, 2008

Excerpt from report by private Azerbaijani news agency APA

Baku, 12 August: The BP Azerbaijan company has denied reports that Russia bombed the Georgian section of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) main oil export pipeline and that there were three explosions on the pipeline as a result.

Tamam Bayatli, BP Azerbaijan’s manager for public relations, told APA Economics that the BTC main oil export pipeline was not bombed today. “These reports are groundless. There were no explosions on the Georgian section of the BTC,” [she said].

[Passage omitted: Georgian Rustavi-2 TV reported that there were three explosions on the pipeline]

Originally published by Azerbaijani news agency APA, Baku, in Azeri 1232 12 Aug 08.

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