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Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) Caspian Pipeline

Name

Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline

Operator

BP

Countries

Azerbaijan-Turkey

Cost

$3.7 billion

First oil

Late 2005

Throughput

One million barrels per day

Design life

40 years

Length

1,768km (1,100 miles)

Countries

Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey (new branch to Kazakhstan)

Max. altitude

2,830m (9,300ft)

Joints

150,000

Joint length

12m

Diameter

1,070mm, 1,170mm, 1,070mm, 865mm

Weight

655,000t

Fields

Azeri Chirag and Gunashli

Reserves

In excess of 4.5 billion barrels

Wax content

8% to 14%

Pumping stations

8

Block valves

101

Valve weight

30t

Line burial depth

1m to 10m

Working corridor

30m wide (44m near the SCP line)

Crossings

3,000 roads, railways and utility lines, 1,500 watercourses

Contractors

BOTAS Petroleum Pipeline Corporation, Kvaerner (now known as John Brown Hydrocarbons), Consolidated Contractors International (CCIC), Spie Capag, Petrofac

Finance

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank's private-sector arm
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