Caspian pipeline plans tied to available oil

Key to commercial viability of a Baku-Ceyhan pipeline is the availability of oil from the eastern Caspian Sea region That is the view that Jan H. Kalicki, U.S. Department of Commerce Counselor, gave in a speech to the Offshore Technology Conference earlier this month. Eventually, producers in the eastern Caspian region will rely on a Baku-Ceyhan pipeline as much as oil producers off Azerbaijan. Kalicki said, "We will see the creation of a phased, integrated approach to exporting oil from the eastern Caspian to Baku via barges and later, by a trans-Caspian oil pipeline." On the gas side, a trans-Caspian pipeline will be a vital link to Turkish and European gas markets ...

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