The recent events in Turkey have not affected the operation of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline and the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline (South Caucasus Pipeline), says BP Azerbaijan, operator of pipelines in Azerbaijan and Georgia.
“The events in Turkey have not had an impact on BP operations in that country,” the company told Trend July 16. “Oil pumping via BTC and gas pumping via the South Caucasus Pipeline are continuing and the oil shipment from Ceyhan port is underway.”
All facilities are operating normally, added the company.
BTC mainly transports Azerbaijani Light oil produced at the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli block of oil and gas fields in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea.
Aside from the Azerbaijani oil, the pipeline transports oil from Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.
However, Kazakhstan suspended the transit pumping of its oil via BTC in February.
The South Caucasus Pipeline exports about 6.6 billion cubic meters of gas per year from Azerbaijan’s largest Shah Deniz field.
A coup attempt was launched in Turkey late on July 15 by a group of Turkish military servicemen.
There were reports saying that Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport was seized.
Later, Turkish officials announced that the attempt was foiled.