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Country exports 28.4m tons of oil in 2020

9 February 2021 17:55 (UTC+04:00)
Country exports 28.4m tons of oil in 2020

By Ayya Lmahamad

Azerbaijan exported 28.4 million tons of oil, including condensate in 2020, Azertag has reported.

In 2020, the volume of exported oil decreased by 9.2 percent or 2.9 million tons, compared to 2019.

Some 22.9 million tons of oil from the consortium and 0.7 million tons of oil from SOCAR were exported via the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline. In the meantime, 0.6 million tons of oil from SOCAR were exported via Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline, and 4.2 million tons of oil from the consortium via the Baku-Supsa pipeline.

The BTC pipeline is a transport line for Azerbaijani oil from the Caspian Sea to the port of Ceyhan in Turkey, and then to European markets via the Mediterranean Sea. On July 13, 2006, the official opening ceremony of the BTC oil pipeline took place in Turkey. The total length of the pipeline is 1,768 km, of which 443 km pass through the territory of Azerbaijan; 249 km to Georgia; 1076 km to Turkey. The projected capacity is 50 million tonnes of oil per year or one million barrels per day. The pipeline currently carries mainly the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli crude oil and the Shah Deniz condensate from Azerbaijan. In addition, other volumes of crude oil and condensate continue to be transported via BTC, including volumes from Turkmenistan, Russia and Kazakhstan.

Azerbaijan has been transporting its oil through the Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline since 1997. Maximum capacity of the pipeline is 105,000 barrels per day. The pipeline has three pump stations - Sangachal, Sumgayit and Siyazan. The diameter of the pipeline is 530 mm, and the length of the pipeline is 1,330 km, out of which 231 km is Azerbaijani part.

The Baku-Supsa oil pipeline was put into operation in April 1999. The pipeline was built within the contract for the development of the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli fields, its length is 837 km, and the diameter of the pipeline is 530 mm. The commissioning of the Baku-Supsa oil pipeline gave impetus to the development of the economy of Azerbaijan and Georgia. The pipeline transports Azerbaijan's Azeri Light oil produced from the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli block of oil and gas fields. In addition, the operator of the Baku-Supsa pipeline is the Azerbaijan International Operating Company.

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Ayya Lmahamad is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @AyyaLmahamad

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