Turkey’s Petroleum Pipeline Corporation (BOTAŞ) announced Wednesday, January 6th, that a total of 3.5 billion barrels of crude oil had been shipped to the global markets as of the end of 2020 from the marine terminal in the Ceyhan district of Adana province in southern Turkey, the last stop of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline.
The pipeline, inaugurated in July 2006 and dubbed the “energy project of the century,” carries Azerbaijani oil from the Caspian Sea, in addition to volumes from other countries in the region like Russia and Kazakhstan. A total of 4,659 tankers have operated at the Haydar Aliyev Marine Terminal during the pipeline’s nearly 15 years of operation.
The Turkish section of the 1,076-kilometer-long (669-mile-long) pipeline is operated by BOTAŞ International (BIL). In 2019, 233.1 million barrels of crude oil were shipped from the terminal. In 2020, that figure was 278.2 million barrels.
BOTAŞ International General Manager Nadim Ekiz commented that the BTC pipeline, which has safely transported Azerbaijani oil to world markets since its establishment in 2006, has significantly contributed to Turkey’s economy.
“I believe that BOTAŞ International, which has an important position in the sector, will increase its success in the future with the energy policies determined by Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez and will make a name for itself tomorrow as it is today,” he added.
BIL was founded by BOTAŞ on July 3, 1996, to take part in the global energy sector which is dictated by multinational companies that have a say in oil and natural gas projects, and was assigned to operate the BTC Crude Oil Pipeline in 2001.