Baku-Supsa Pipeline

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Overview

The Baku-Supsa line, also known as the Western Route Export Pipeline (WREP), runs for 830 kilometres (km) from the Chirag field in the Caspian Sea, via the Sangachal terminal, to the Supsa terminal on the Black Sea coast in Western Georgia. Just under half of the pipeline is located in Georgia. The line became fully operational in 1999.[1]

During the conflict between Russia and Georgia in 2008, BP temporarily shut the Baku-Supsa pipeline for safety reasons, although there were no reports of damage to the line as a result of the fighting. The closure left BP with only Russia's Black Sea port of Novorossiisk and Georgia's Black Sea ports of Batumi and Kulevi as available export options.[2]

Capacity

The pipeline has a capacity of pumping 155,000 barrels per day (bpd).[3]

Ownership

The BP-led Azerbaijan International Operating Company (AIOC) owns and operates the pipeline on behalf of SOCAR, the state oil company of Azerbaijan, and its shareholders.[4]

References

  1. "Baku Supsa Oil Pipeline" A Barrel Full, retrieved 23 August 2012.
  2. "BP shuts in Georgia links" Upstream Online, retrieved 23 August 2012.
  3. "Export Options" SOCAR, retrieved 24 August 2012.
  4. "Transporting oil through Georgia and on to world markets." BP Caspian, 16 June 2012.