Political oil supply

Construction has begun on an oil pipeline important both for what it is and what it is not. The project is called BTC for the three cities it connects: Baku, Azerbaijan; Tbilisi, Georgia; and Ceyhan, Turkey.Since its conception, the BTC pipeline has drawn the active—some would say aggressive—support of the US government. The reason for that support is what the pipeline is not: an export route for Caspian Sea oil that doesn't transit Iran, Russia, or Armenia. The pipeline is nevertheless very important for what it is—or will be when completed at the end of next year and placed in operation in 2005: a way for as much as 1 million b/d of Caspian oil to reach the Mediter...

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