Oil deliveries through Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline decreased by 12 percent in November, compared to the previous month, Azerbaijan's state-owned energy company Socar data revealed Monday.
The pipeline, which carries crude oil from Azerbaijan to Turkey's Ceyhan port in southern Turkey, delivered more than 2.2 million tons of Azeri oil during the month of November, Socar said Monday. However, this amount was 2.5 million tons during the month of October, the company announced on Nov. 6.
Socar noted that a total of 26.4 million tons of oil were exported through the pipeline between January and November.
In addition, a total of 290.2 million tons of oil have been pumped to BTC between June 2006 and Dec. 1, 2015.
The 1,776 kilometer-long BTC pipeline, built by the BTC pipeline company, became operational in June 2006. While the Azerbaijani and Georgian sections of the pipeline are operated by BP, the Turkish section is operated by Turkey's Petroleum Pipeline Corporation BOTAS' International Limited company.
The pipeline has a capacity to carry 1.2 million barrels of oil per day. In addition to Azeri crude, the pipeline also carries oil from Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan to Turkey's Ceyhan port where oil is exported via tankers to the global market.
Turkey's Ceyhan port on the eastern Mediterranean coast also serves as an outlet for oil exports from northern Iraq.
By Ovunc Kutlu