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Gigantic Oil Pipeline From Caspian Sea Opened Today

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posted on May, 25 2005 @ 05:53 PM

An oilpipe connecting the Caspian Sea and the Mediterranean Sea opened today. It is 1,100 mile long and will reduce dependence on Russian pipelines and dependence on Middle East Oil. It is expected to ship 1 million barrels a day. However, it will take months to fill the pipeline and before the oil can be loaded to ships in Turkey's Mediterranean port of Ceyhan.

ABC News: First Pipeline From Caspian Sea Opened

First Pipeline From Caspian Sea Opened, Seen As Move Away From Middle East Oil Dependence

By year's end, the 1,100-mile pipeline is to ship up to 1 million barrels a day to Turkey's Mediterranean port of Ceyhan.

The U.S.-backed pipeline realizes several crucial goals for Washington, including reducing dependence on Russian pipelines and avoiding Iran. While the pipeline crosses areas plagued by separatist conflicts, raising security concerns, the countries hope it will be a catalyst for calm and prosperity as well.

The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, or BTC, pipeline aims to boost access by the energy-hungry West to the rich Caspian fields, estimated to hold the world's third-largest reserves. Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan all claim shares of the undersea wealth.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

This pipeline will most likely be targeted by terrorists and will need to be extremely well protected. The Russians say they don't like the idea of "foreign military presence" in this region. Some underline the importance of this pipeline and say it will "change the world"...

The New Zealand Herald: Oil pipe to loosen Opec grip turned on

Its architects and investors claimed the pipeline would shore up energy supplies in the US and Europe for the next half century.

The goal of the project which makes its tortuous way from the shores of the Caspian in Azerbaijan, through Georgia to the Mediterranean coast of Turkey is to ease the West’s reliance on the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

The project, known as BTC, has driven a wedge between the US and Russia, triggered political unrest in the countries it passes through and their neighbours, and sparked concern at extensive damage to the environment

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Related News Sources:
The Independent: The pipeline that will change the world

BBC: Giant Caspian oil pipeline opens Kazakhstan to export oil through US-backed Caspian pipeline Baku-Ceyhan Pipeline Starts Pumping Caspian Oil Bypassing Russia Top Russian Official Opposes U.S. Security for Baku-Ceyhan Oil Link

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posted on May, 25 2005 @ 07:44 PM
There are many pieces on this chessboard. And the pipeline passesn through a very unstable region. Several unstable regions actually...

Russian military withdrawal plan to Armenia angers Azerbaijan


A proposal announced by Russia's top brass to move arms from controversial military bases in the former Soviet republic of Georgia to Moscow's regional ally Armenia angered officials in neighbouring Azerbaijan on Friday.

"We are seriously concerned and we would not want Russia to take such a step now"

Azerbaijan is technically still at war with Armenia over Nagorny Karabakh, which forces loyal to Yerevan have occupied since 1994.

"The situation in the region is very sensitive, the atmosphere of security and stability must be taken into consideration," Azimov said.

Russia has military bases in both Georgia and Armenia but Georgia has demanded the immediate withdrawal of Russian forces from its territory, as Western influence there and in Azerbaijan increases at Moscow's expense.

Azerbaijan and especially Georgia have received considerable military aid from the United States and NATO in the past few years and both countries form a key link in a US-backed energy corridor spanning Turkey and Central Asia.


May 25, 2005

Pyotr Poroshenko, the Secretary of Ukrainian Defense and Security Council has told AzerTAj Kiev-based reporter he didn’t rule out Ukraine’s sending its peacekeepers to Nagorny Karabakh. ‘This decision will be considered by the Council, and the corresponding statement has already been presented to the government,’ he said.

Mr. Poroshenko added his country would send its peacekeepers to the area of the frozen conflict ‘only if both sides are willing.’ ‘Most importantly, both sides give credence to Ukraine for it to become a guarantor of peace in the region,’ he said.

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posted on May, 25 2005 @ 10:15 PM
Well that explains alot to me about the recent Bu#e news in Tbilisi. Need to crack down on potential terrorists there I guess.
This pipeline is the same one that Unocal reccomended the bombing of Afghanistan to congress when they backed out of a proposal. This is the same pipeline that conspiracy theorists have been trying to tell people about for years. Youc an probably find some amazing predictions by searching the terms Caspian Sea here on ATS...

posted on May, 29 2005 @ 04:17 PM
Its good business, for all countries involved in the pipeline, all the countries that have the pipeline running thru them will profit from this long pipeline. I hear that the countries with the pipeline in them will receive one dollar for every barrel of oil that flows thru the pipe. That's a million dollars a day for doing nothing. And for these developing countries its a really needed income.

posted on Jun, 3 2005 @ 12:50 AM
Here's a link to someone who don't support the pipeline:

Baku Ceyhan Campaign

Pipelines lie ready for burial in Georgia [Greg Muttitt / PLATFORM]

near Piredede, central Anatolia - the pipeline runs the length of a major fault, and is at permanent risk of serious spills due to earthquakes [Greg Muttitt / PLATFORM]

The Baku Ceyhan Campaign is working to raise public awareness of the social problems, human rights abuses and environmental damage that is being caused by the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, which runs through Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.

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posted on Jun, 3 2005 @ 12:59 AM
And here's a link to someone who support the pipeline:

BP Global-Reports and publications-The Caspian

The Caspian location report, published in 2003, forms part of our sustainability reporting. It describes our operations, performance and business activities in a region that has the potential to become one of the major oil and gas producing areas in the world.

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posted on Jul, 24 2005 @ 07:19 PM
Todays news from Georgia : ATS: Abkhaz Leader Has Ordered Army To Sink Any Georgian Ships In Its Waters

More information about Georgia: WikiPedia: Georgia (country)

Below is a map. Abkhazia is the Autonomous region to the northwest of Georgia. Georgia also have problems with another autonomous region, South Ossetia. The separatist governments in those two regions are supported by Russia.

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posted on Jul, 24 2005 @ 08:39 PM
oil, oil, oil......what we will do for oil.....another thread

posted on Aug, 14 2005 @ 06:28 AM

Originally posted by demosthenes
Its good business, for all countries involved in the pipeline, all the countries that have the pipeline running thru them will profit from this long pipeline. I hear that the countries with the pipeline in them will receive one dollar for every barrel of oil that flows thru the pipe. That's a million dollars a day for doing nothing. And for these developing countries its a really needed income.

The undemocratic regime in Azerbeijan will be very happy, it's people however will most likely NOT benefit.

[edit on 14-8-2005 by Simon666]

posted on May, 2 2006 @ 04:56 AM
Right now there is a three-day conference taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan. The agenda is prevention of terrorist attacks on oil and gas pipelines, and especially how to secure the BTC pipeline.

Axis News


A three-day conference dedicated to the prevention of terrorist attacks on oil and gas pipelines is taking place in Baku. The conference is organized by the pipeline security department and special security service, Trend reported. BP experts and contracting companies representatives will be informed with the results of the department work, especially its methods of securing BTC pipeline, Baku-Supsa and Baku-Novorossisk pipelines and Sangachal terminal.

The major threat to pipelines comes from conflicts in the Caucasus and instability

posted on May, 2 2006 @ 09:13 AM
EDIT...nevermind, it works now.

[edit on 2/5/2006 by SportyMB]

posted on May, 10 2006 @ 11:41 PM
Israel wants to transport oil from the BTC pipeline to Middle Eastern countries via Israel. They say the pipeline "will be fully put into operation in the coming weeks". Israel seeking BTC transit


The transportation of oil through the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan main export pipeline to Middle Eastern countries via Israel will be possible in the future, the Israeli ambassador in Baku Arthur Lenk has said.

He said the pipe to take Caspian oil to world markets, which will be fully put into operation in the coming weeks, lies 400 kilometers to the north of Israel, which makes it possible for his country to receive BTC oil.

“I believe the issue is open and its materialization in the future looks real,” he said

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

posted on Jun, 6 2006 @ 06:50 PM
The first ship has been loaded with oil from the BTC pipeline. BP tanker British Hawthorn sailed from the terminal on June 4th loaded with 600,000 barrels of crude oil.

BP: First Ship Loads Oil From New Caspian Pipeline

04 June 2006

BP, operator of the Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline, today announced that the first cargo of oil transported through the pipeline from Azerbaijan has been exported from the Ceyhan marine terminal on the Turkish Mediterranean coast.

A cargo of around 600,000 barrels of crude oil from Azerbaijan was loaded on to the BP tanker, British Hawthorn, which sailed from the terminal today.

posted on Jul, 4 2006 @ 05:42 PM
There will be another meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan on July 6-7. 59 security experts from 31 countries are going to meet at this seminar which is devoted to terrorism. I believe the risk of a terror attack against the BTC pipeline is high.

Axis: Eurasian Secret Services Daily Review


Security experts from 31 countries to meet in Baku

Within the framework of the NATO - Euroatlantic Partnership Council, the seminar devoted to terrorism will be conducted July 6-7 in Baku. The seminar will gather 59 experts from 31 countries of the Euroatlantic Partnership Council and local security and secret services representatives. The event will be addressed by George Katsirdakis, head of the NATO Defense Policy and Planning Division and other NATO representatives, Azertag reported.

posted on Jul, 9 2006 @ 06:10 AM
I want to remind you of a quote from an old post of mine.

Abkhaz Defence Minister, Lt. Gen. Sultan Sosnaliyev:
"Georgian-Abkhaz war will break out when the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline begins full operation

And things are heating up there now...

posted on Aug, 8 2008 @ 05:38 PM
Considering today's events in Georgia, I think this thread deserves a bump to remind everyone what could be at the heart of this matter.


posted on Aug, 8 2008 @ 08:28 PM
This is interesting. A part of the BTC pipeline was destroyed by the PKK in Turkey last week. It'll take several weeks to repair...

Analysis: energy pipeline that supplies West threatened by war Georgia conflict

August 8, 2008

The first major attack on the pipeline took place only last week - not in Georgia but in Turkey where part of it was destroyed by PKK separatist

Output from the pipeline, which is 30 per cent owned by BP and carries more than 1 per cent of the world's supply, is likely to be on hold for several weeks while the fire is extinguished and the damage repaired.

But the threat of another attack by separatists in Georgia itself is very real.

Only a few days before the Turkish explosion, Georgian separatists threatened to sabotage the pipeline if hostilities continued.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

posted on Aug, 10 2008 @ 03:58 PM
BTC pipeline closed by "mysterious fire" 48 hours before the war in South Ossetia

The destructive fire in Turkey, started 48 hours before the war began in South Ossetia. PKK claims responsibility for the fire, but BP is apparently not sure that PKK did it. Anyway, they've launched an investigation...

Georgia: Europe fears for oil supply as clash threatens pipeline

August 11, 2008

BP played down claims by Georgia that Russian warplanes had staged a bombing raid near the pipeline over the weekend. The company insisted that the fighting posed no threat to the underground pipeline, but it said that an investigation had been started into the cause of a mysterious fire that broke out on the Turkish section of the pipeline just 48 hours before fighting began in South Ossetia. The fire, which was still burning yesterday and led to the pipeline’s closure, started on Tuesday at one of about 90 valves that control the flow of crude oil. Kurdish rebels from the separatist PKK group later claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place at Refahiye, in the Erzincan province of Turkey, several hundred miles from Georgia. However, the incident took place outside the PKK’s normal area of activity.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

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