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Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum Pipeline Blasted

The Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum (South Caucasus pipeline) gas pipeline’s section in the Sarikamis region of Turkey’s Kars province was blasted, Anadolu Agency reported on August 4.

Gas supply through the pipeline has been suspended. The preliminary reports say the explosion occurred due to unknown reasons. The gas pipeline damaged in the explosion is operated by Turkey (Botas), and its security is the responsibility of Ankara.

The source said that there was virtually no gas in the pipeline, because of the cessation of gas pumping via it since August 2 due to suspension of work at a platform on Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz field for maintenance works.

From Baku up to Georgia’s border with Turkey, BP is the pipeline’s technical operator, and Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR is its commercial operator. The Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline, also called the South Caucasus Pipeline, is required to export Azerbaijan’s gas from Shah Deniz. The pipeline starts at a terminal near Baku, going through Georgia, and ends in the Turkish city of Erzurum, where there is a gas distribution hub.

Turkey’s state pipeline company, Botas, has already started to restore the pipeline’s blasted section, a source in the oil and gas market told Trend on August 4.

The source said that there was virtually no gas in the pipeline, because of the cessation of gas pumping via it since August 2 due to suspension of work at a platform on Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz field for maintenance works.

From Baku up to Georgia’s border with Turkey, BP is the pipeline’s technical operator, and Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR is its commercial operator. The Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline, also called the South Caucasus Pipeline, is required to export Azerbaijan’s gas from Shah Deniz. The pipeline starts at a terminal near Baku, going through Georgia, and ends in the Turkish city of Erzurum, where there is a gas distribution hub.