Linefill of Baku to Ceyhan pipeline begins in second half of 2005

The field is expected to produce 35 million barrels of crude this year, at a rate of 93,000brl/d.

Light crude from the Azeri field will initially be exported via Supsa and the existing pipeline to Novorossiisk on Russia’s Black Sea coast. This will change when the 1 million brl/d BP-led pipeline link to Ceyhan on the Turkish Mediterranean coast begins pumping in the second half of 2005. Oil from the Azeri field will be the first to flow through that 1760-km pipeline to Ceyhan from Baku via Georgia.
BP leads an international group developing the offshore Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli group of fields, which have estimated recoverable reserves of 5.4 billion barrels and planned production of over one million brl/d by 2009. The group includes US firms ExxonMobil, Unocal, Delta Hess, and Devon Energy, Japan’s Itochu and NPEX, Norway’s Statoil, Turkey’s TPAO, and Azeri state oil firm SOCAR. Chirag is already online, pumping 6.57 million tons (132,000brl/d) of crude in 2004, which BP shipped by pipeline to the Georgian Black Sea port of Supsa. The deepwater Gunship field is expected to begin production in 2008.

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