September 15, 2008

Oil Flow Resumes at BTC Pipeline After Technical Failure in Turkey

Oil flow resumes at BTC pipeline after technical failure in Turkey

ANKARA, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Oil flow has resumed at the Baku- Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline after technicians fixed the technical failure at a pumping station in eastern Turkey on Saturday, the semi- official Anatolia news agency reported.

A technical failure on the pipeline disrupted oil flow late Thursday, officials of the Turkish pipeline company Botas were quoted as saying.

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.

Despite the interruption, there was no problem in oil supply for tankers at Turkey's Mediterranean Port of Ceyhan due to the amount of oil stored at the terminal, the officials added.

Opened in 2006, the pipeline is the first to carry large volumes of Caspian crude without going through Russia. The 4- billion-U.S.- dollar BTC pipeline pumps the equivalent of more than one percent of the world's oil supply from fields in the Azeri sector of the Caspian Sea to Ceyhan on the Turkish Mediterranean coast.

The BTC pipeline runs 1,768 km from the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli oil field in the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, connecting Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, and Ceyhan, a port on the southeastern Mediterranean coast of Turkey. It is the second longest oil pipeline in the world.

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