May 25 2005

BTC Pipeline opens

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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.

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3 Responses to BTC Pipeline opens

  1. From Ryan:

    We talked about that pipeline in my International Relations of the Caucasus class two and a half years ago. Let me read your dissertation when you’re done!

    Posted on May 26, 2005 at 4:40 am #
  2. From heather lightfoot:

    I think it is terrible that you believe the great United States should use oil from sources other than the middle east and alaska. Iraq is our own oil playground now, and the glorious peoples there are showering our troops in free barrels of crude, dont you watch fox? we are like their primitive gods in the middle east.
    Secondly we have our own pipeline in alaska, and it needs more press coverage. please write your paper about america and stop wasting your catholic schooling on unimportant lesser known pipelines

    Posted on May 27, 2005 at 10:57 pm #
  3. From Cincysundevil:

    I think it will be interesting position that this puts the American military industrial complex in. We’re on fairly friendly terms with these nations. Even if things degenerate, just curious to see how the GOP will hold back the hawks because going to war with the Caucasus nations will be much tougher because they will be much better equipped with Soviet military and not subject to international embargos. I wonder if this will lessen Bush’s hidden obsession with Chavez and Venezuela.

    Posted on June 1, 2005 at 5:32 am #

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