Long view of Caspian oil export options tilts to Kazakhstan-China

Richard R. Dion Almaty Tengiz oil field is an example of the vast oil deposits in the Caspian Sea region that have led the international oil industry into the thorny geopolitics of exporting Caspian oil. Photo courtesy of Chevron Corp. Caspian region export pipeline politics are looking increasingly to the west. With the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) and Baku-Ceyhan options dominating the discussion, eastern alternatives are being virtually ignored (OGJ, Apr. 19, 1999, p. 29; Oct. 26, 1998, p. 29). (CPC is a Chevron Corp.-led consortium promoting a pipeline from Tengiz supergiant oil field along the Caspian Sea coast of Kazakhstan to the Russian Bla...

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