Georgian oil ports partly operating: Agent

The slowdown of activity at the ports follows fighting between Russia and Georgia and an unrelated explosion a week before in Turkey on the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, which carries crude from Azerbaijan.

Georgian oil ports partly operating: Agent
Georgia's oil ports of Supsa and Batumi, used to export Azeri crude oil, are operating only partially, while the Georgian port of Poti is not operating, a shipping agent said on Monday.

The slowdown of activity at the ports follows fighting between Russia and Georgia and an unrelated explosion a week before in Turkey on the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, which carries crude from Azerbaijan.

"Supsa has started working and is now accumulating cargoes for a few vessels but they haven't had any vessels berth as of yet," the shipping agent said.

"Batumi is partly operating with only one berth with bulk and general cargoes only. Tankers are still off port limits, they have not brought any in."

"Poti is not operating at all. Technically it is OK to start but the stevedores don't feel safe enough."

Georgia has said that Russian bombers badly damaged the port.

Some 200,000 barrels per day of oil and refined oil products has been going from and via Azerbaijan to Europe via Batumi and 100,000 bpd to Poti, according to industry sources.

In addition, since the BTC explosion industry sources have said that BP has been sending some 45,000 bpd to Supsa on the Georgian Black Sea coast with an aim to raise it to 150,000 bpd.

Reuters
Last Mod: 11 Ağustos 2008, 14:47
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