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Oil shipments from Georgia’s Batumi drop 46 pct in year to Oct

Saturday, 03 November 2018 | 00:00

Oil and oil-related shipments from Georgia’s Black Sea port of Batumi fell 46 percent in the first 10 months of 2018 from a year earlier, an official at a KazMunaiGas-operated terminal at Batumi said.

Some crude oil has been re-routed to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline and to the Caspian Pipeline Consortium this year, the official added, while some fuel oil has been sent to the port of Taman in Russia and Georgia’s other Black Sea port of Kulevi.

The fall in shipments is partly because Azerbaijan prefers to send its oil through the pipeline or by rail in Georgia via its own terminal in Kulevi, rather than in Batumi, which is operated by Kazakhs.

January-October shipments of crude oil and refined oil products from Batumi totalled 951,945 tonnes, down from 1.762 million tonnes in the same period last year, said the official, who asked not to be identified.

In October alone, overall shipments were 90,596 tonnes, compared with 45,572 tonnes the previous month and 144,296 tonnes in October last year.

“Some volumes have been re-routed to other routes this year,” the official said.

There were no shipments of crude oil, jet fuel and naphtha last month.

Shipments of crude oil and refined oil products from Batumi have been falling and totalled 2.109 million tonnes in 2017, down from 3.377 million in 2016.

Crude and refined oil products from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan are shipped out of Georgia’s Black Sea ports of Batumi, Supsa, Poti and a terminal in Kulevi.

Some products are transported across the Caspian Sea in small tankers, unloaded in the Azeri port of Baku and then sent by rail to Georgian ports for export to the Mediterranean.
Source: Reuters (Reporting by Margarita Antidze; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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