Russia, Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan

Via which pipelines will Kashagan’s oil go?

Kazakhstan increases its oil production at the giant Kashagan field on the Caspian shelf.

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Russia to bring Urals Heavy Oil to the market

“Transneft” suggests Russia create new grade of oil Urals Heavy with 2.3% of sulfur content in order to improve the quality of export blend crude oil Urals. I.Katsal, director for planning and traffic flow recording department of “Transneft” said.

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Application of Azerbaijan for pumping oil through the Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline in 2016 was only 1.4 million tons.

Application of SOCAR for pumping oil through the main oil pipeline Baku-Novorossiysk in 2016 was 1.4 million tons, the presidential adviser of Transneft I.Demin sadly stated on October 30, 2015.
In 2015 pumping of Azeri oil through the main oil pipeline Baku - Novorossiysk is expected in the amount of 1.44 million tons, which corresponds to the level of 2015.

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Another explosion at the gas pipeline Baku - Tbilisi - Erzurum in Turkey adds pessimism to shareholders of ShakhDeniz.

On the evening of August 24, 2015 about 20 armed militants produced a simultaneous explosion from 2 sides of the main gas pipeline Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum (BTE).
In August 24th, 2015 the Governor of the southeastern Turkish province of Kars Mr. Özdemir confirmed this again.
The explosion occurred at the main pipeline site again passing through the Yabasan village in the Sarikamis district in the province of Kars.
Mr. Özdemir again blamed Kurdistan Workers' Party (KWP) for the attack.

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Status of the Caspian Sea - a trump card of Moscow against Trans-Caspian pipeline.

Moscow continues to oppose the Trans-Caspian. At this time the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich commented on the construction of the Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline (THC), which would connect Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, and then direct the gas flow on the Southern Corridor to the EU, bypassing Russia. According to him, Russia and Iran are now actively opposing this position, stating that the construction of such a pipeline under the Caspian Sea must enlist the support of all the countries of the Caspian region.

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MMK considers Azerbaijan as a promising market.

Today the 22nd International Exhibition "Caspian Oil and Gas-2015", which takes part in the Magnitogorsk Metallurgical Plant, started its work in Baku.
The widest range of products and plant businesses, the Group OJSC "MMK", is traditionally on the stand of the largest enterprise of metallurgical industry of Russia. The main focus is on products for the oil and gas sector, actively developing in the region: proven oil reserves in the Caspian shelf are estimated at over 10 billion tons.

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New Great Game does not enhance US influence in Russia's backyard.

When in April 2010 the Presidentn of Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiyev was toppled, political analysts of the West focused on the future US Air Force base on the territory of Bishkek airport "Manas". Then concerns were raised that Moscow punished Bakiyev for the fact that as a renegade he did not fulfill the promise to the Kremlin to achieve closure of the base, and that now Russia will require the new leader of Kyrgyzstan to "squeeze" this issue to the end.
Instead of the usual use of the situation in the republic for its geopolitical games, Moscow and Washington, in fact, cooperated when through completely informal negotiations facilitated the evacuation of Bakiyev. This was the situation when the former Cold War adversaries were able to avoid a confrontation in a country where both have interests and military presence.

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In January – October, Azerbaijan reduced oil exports by 2%

In January – October, Azerbaijan reduced oil exports by 1.9% to 28.2253337 million tons, the state customs committee reports to Interfax-Azerbaijan.
Oil exports were 23.0574924 million tons via Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, 3.5639638 million tons via Baku-Supsa, 848,519 tons via Baku-Novorossiysk and 755,358.5 tons via the railway to the Georgian ports.
The declared oil volume was 20.2680461 million tons for $16.295 billion.
In January – October, Azerbaijan exported 1.73798867 million tons of oil products for $1.18381413 billion.

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Ankara and Moscow negotiate on new routes of hydrocarbons supply

As it was previously reported, Turkey and Russia are preparing to conclude an international agreement. Along with traditional offers on nuclear energy and gas, the Turkish side has raised the issue of how to transport liquid hydrocarbons to the Mediterranean Sea bypassing the extremely congested Bosphorus Strait. But instead of failed economic project of Samsun-Ceyhan oil pipeline, proposals to solve this problem through the positive development of existing Russian-Azerbaijani and Turkish-Azerbaijani agreements were made during preliminary consultations on alternative routes for oil. It was a question about the use of the Baku - Tbilisi - Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline.
Russian oil is delivered to Baku through the reverse mode via the already working Baku – Novorossiysk oil pipeline. However, it won’t come into the BTC pipeline, as it is much inferior in quality than the Caspian oil. But Russian Urals can be successfully processed at Baku refineries and the volumes released of Azeri Light will be exported through the Turkish port of Ceyhan. This scheme was suggested by head of the Russian state-owned company Rosneft, Igor Sechin in August of last year. He talked about the economic benefits of such scheme: "If we supply Urals crude to Baku refineries, we will obtain efficiency in transport, the volumes received of Azeri Light from Ceyhan, for example. We will supply it to our Italian processing plants or German ones".

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The leaders in Mangistau oil imports are Switzerland, Austria and Romania

The leaders in Mangistau oil imports are Switzerland, Austria and Romania, the state income department of the Mangistau region reports. Oil shares 99% in total exports of the region. In 2014, it gained 135.1 billion tenges of customs duties, by 44.3% more than within the corresponding period of the previous year. The share of oil in total exports increased from 98.9% to 99.6%. Switzerland shares 37% in oil exports from the region. Austria shares 28%, and Romania shares 14.2%.

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