Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan plan to build a 739km oil pipeline, Azerbaijan’s Energy Minister Natig Aliyev said on on October 6 in an article published by local Respublika newspaper.
The Eskene-Kuryk-Baku oil pipeline is planned to be part of the Kazakhstan Caspian Transportation System (KCTS), which, along with neighbouring Turkmenistan’s hopes for a Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline, is likely an unachievable goal due to Russia’s insistent opposition to such projects.
“Construction of this pipeline will enable Kazakhstan to export its oil to ports in Georgia and Turkey,” Aliyev said. Earlier reports revealed that Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan have signed an agreement to resume exports of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) via the Georgian port of Batumi to Europe. If constructed, Eskene-Kuryk-Baku pipeline will likely support the two countries’ efforts at restarting LPG exports via Georgia.
“The initial annual capacity of the new pipeline will be 23-25mn tonnes with the possibility of future expansion to 56mn tonnes,” Aliyev said. “The feasibility study of the Eskene-Kuryk section of the pipeline envisages construction of an oil pumping station at the Tengiz field, Tengiz-Oporny-Uzen-Aktau main oil pipeline, an oil terminal and a new port in Kuryk village, as well as reconstruction and expansion of the port in Aktau city.”
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