September 12, 2008

Technical Fault Halts Oil Flow Along Baku-Ceyhan Pipeline, Turks Say

Text of report in English by Turkish semi-official news agency Anatolia

Adana, 12 September: A technical failure on the Baku-Tbilisi- Ceyhan pipeline disrupted the oil flow late Thursday, officials of the Turkish pipeline company Botas said.

The cause of the failure at the valve of a pumping station in the eastern province of Sivas was not immediately known, Botas officials said on Friday.

"Technicians are now working at the station to fix the breakdown. Oil flow will restart in a few hours," officials said.

There was no problem in oil supply for tankers at Turkey's Mediterranean Port of Ceyhan, where Caspian oil reaches, despite the interruption due to the amount of oil stored at the terminal, officials added.

Originally published by Anatolia news agency, Ankara, in English 1414 12 Sep 08.

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