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Kazakhstan ramps up involvement in Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan

By M. Alkhazashvili
(Translated by Diana Dundua)
Tuesday, April 29
Astana is planning to increase the capacity of Kazakhstan’s Kurik port, from which oil mined at Kazakhstan’s Kashagan and Tengiz fields will be delivered by tankers to Baku.

“Experts from [Kazakhstan state oil company] KazMunaiGaz are in Azerbaijan and we hope to settle all technical issues soon,” Kazakhstani Energy Minister Sauat Mynbayev said last week, according to the news agency Itar-Tass.

The Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan pipeline went online in 2005, and as of March 2008 has transited 333 million barrels of oil, according to the Turkish state oil company Botas. Kazakhstan has agreed to begin transiting some of its oil through the pipeline.