By Ayya Lmahamad
The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline that takes
Azerbaijani oil to Europe via Turkiye exported about 14.1 million
tons of crude oil in the first half of 2022, Azernews reports per
The oil was loaded on 148 tankers exported from Turkiye's Ceyhan
From January-June, about $49 million was spent on operating
expenditure and about $9 million in capital expenditure on the BTC
Overall, BTC exported over 516 million tons of crude oil loaded
on 5,087 tankers to the world markets since the pipeline became
operational in June 2006 till the end of the second quarter of
On 23 March 2022, BTC reached a significant milestone by loading
the 5,000th tanker of oil transported from the Sangachal terminal
near Baku across Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Ceyhan in Turkiye.
The BTC pipeline currently carries mainly the
Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli crude oil and the Shah Deniz condensate from
Azerbaijan. Other volumes of crude oil and condensate also continue
to be transported via BTC.
The BTC pipeline is a transport line for Azerbaijani oil from
the Caspian Sea to the port of Ceyhan in Turkiye, and then to
European markets via the Mediterranean Sea. The official opening
ceremony of the BTC oil pipeline took place in Turkiye in July
2006. The total length of the pipeline is 1,768 km, of which 443 km
pass through the territory of Azerbaijan; 249 km to Georgia; 1,076
km to Turkiye. The projected capacity is 50 million tonnes of oil
per year or one million barrels per day. Light oil produced at the
Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli field is transported via BTC.
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