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U.S. believes Kazakh BTC participation to be necessary 5 avril 2006

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Russia & CIS Business and Financial Newswire
March 14, 2006 Tuesday 12:16 PM MSK

The U.S. believes it is necessary for Kazakhstan to join the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline project.

U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said at a briefing after a meeting with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev in Astana on Tuesday that during the talks he expressed the U.S.'s desire that talks between Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan to transport Kazakh oil through the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline be concluded.

Bodman said that Kazakhstan plays an important role in ensuring global energy security. He said that during his discussion he called strongly for Kazakhstan to take on a leading role in the region, to develop energy sector infrastructure, and also to ensure the development of additional routes to transport fuel.

Kazakhstan has confirmed its plans to join the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan project and is ready to sign the corresponding agreement in the near future.

Talks between the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) and Kazakhstan's national oil and gas company KazMunaiGaz to include Kazakhstan in the BTC project began in November 2002. The agreement between Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan to transport Kazakh oil in the BTC pipeline calls for the creation of the
Aktau-Baku system to transport Kazakh oil for the BTC system.

The initial stage calls for the transport of 7.5 million tonnes of Kazakh oil in the BTC pipeline and that will be increased to 20 million tonnes later.

The BTC pipeline is 1,767 km in length, with 443 km in Azerbaijan, 248 km in Georgia and 1,076 km in Turkey. The pipeline has the capacity for 50 million tones of oil per year. Construction began in April 2003 and cost $3.4 billion. Azerbaijan and Georgia each have two pumping stations and Turkey has four.

The project participants are: BP (30.1%), SOCAR (25%), Unocal (8.9%), Statoil (8.71%), TPAO (6.53%), ENI (5%), Itochu (3.4%), ConocoPhillips (2.5%), INPEX (2,5%), Total (5%) and Amerada Hess (2.36%).

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