From the BBC:
Oil is set to flow from the Caspian Sea direct to the Mediterranean for the first time after a $3.6bn (�2bn) pipeline opened on Wednesday.
Starting in Azerbaijan, the 1,600km (1,000 mile) pipeline will pass through Georgia to the Turkish port of Ceyhan.
The project has taken more than 10 years to finish and will unlock one of the world’s biggest energy reserves.
The BBC’s Emma Simpson said from Baku that for energy-hungry countries such as the US the pipeline is a strategically important non-Russian, non-Middle Eastern source of oil.
The Caspian area produces a high-quality light crude, but has suffered in the past because of the difficulty of getting its oil to consumers in Europe, the US, China and Japan.
Until now, states in the region sent almost all of their oil via Russian pipelines.
I haven’t posted anything about my dissertation topic yet, but the BTC Pipeline is the main focus of my paper. I’ll post more about the topic later, after finals are over and I have some more time to research it…but from my preliminary research, it looks like this will be a very interesting topic.