September 17, 2018 / 2:44 PM / a month ago

Azerbaijan's Jan-Aug oil exports via Turkey pipeline down 0.8 pct yr/yr

BAKU, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Azeri oil exports through the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline via Georgia and Turkey declined by 0.8 percent to 22.288 million tonnes in the first eight months of this year versus the same period in 2017, the State Statistics Committee said on Monday.

The BTC pipeline is used to export oil from the Azeri, Chirag and Guneshli (ACG) oilfields operated by BP.

Export volumes through BTC declined to 27.5 million tonnes for the whole year of 2017 from 28.8 million tonnes in 2016.

Azerbaijan also exports oil via Russia, through the Baku-Novorossiisk pipeline and via Georgia by rail and through the Baku-Supsa pipeline.

Oil from Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Russia is also exported through the BTC pipeline.

Meanwhile, exports from the first stage of Azerbaijan’s giant Shah Deniz gas field stood at 4.990 billion cubic metres (bcm) in January-August this year, up 4.4 percent from a year earlier, the State Statistics Committee also said. (Reporting by Nailia Bagirova; Writing by Margarita Antidze; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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