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Shell mulls using Kazakh oil for BTC

ASTANA. April 11. KAZINFORM - Anglo-Dutch venture Royal Dutch Shell said Tuesday the company is studying the possibility of transporting its oil from fields in Kazakhstan via the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline. "Shell is studying the possibility of transporting its share of oil from the Kashagan field and other fields in Kazakhstan via the BTC. In addition, the company is confident that all the work on the project to develop the Inam field, where it also has a share, will be carried out on schedule," Guy Outen, executive vice president of Shell International Exploration and Production, said during a meeting with Rovnag Abdullayev, head of the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijani Republic, Kazinform refers to UPI. Shell has expressed an interesting in increasing its activities in Azerbaijan and cooperating with SOCAR in the extraction, refining and sale of oil and gas, Outen said. Abdullayev also said the BTC consortium is conducting work to expand the pipeline's capacity as well as construct the Kulevsky terminal on Georgia's Black Sea coast, which SOCAR has acquired, and the capabilities of the infrastructure used to transport Kazakh oil via Azerbaijan. "Azerbaijan has all the infrastructure to transport Kazakh oil via rail to the Black Sea as well as via the BTC pipeline to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea," he said.


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