Watching the World: Bearing up in Baku

It’s been a long time coming, but the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan crude oil pipeline looks set to begin operations, and it is already causing quite a political stir in the region.Last week, BTC Pipeline Co. started filling the head pump station at the Sangachal Terminal near Baku. The first stage of line-fill and operational testing came in anticipation of the celebration of first oil into the Heydar Aliyev BTC main export pipeline scheduled for May 25.A total of 10 million bbl of crude oil is required to fill the 1,770 km line extending from the Sangachal terminal via Georgia to the Ceyhan terminal on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast.Environmentally sound...“The 1,770 km BTC pipeli...

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