"We ramped up the flow over the weekend, and we're still ramping now but effectively we're back to normal operations," said Tamam Bayatlı, the spokesperson of BP, which operates the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline.
Bayatli also confirmed that the Baku-Supsa pipeline remained closed as a "precaution" given the security situation in Georgia but that the situation was under constant assessment and the pipeline could be reopened as soon as it was deemed safe to do so, but was unable to confirm whether any oil was being exported via the rail route across Georgia.
A spokesman for BTC pipeline operator in Turkey, the state pipeline company Botas, confirmed that the line was now working normally and that the first cargo would be lifted on Tuesday. "It will take about a week to fill the tanks down at Ceyhan, after which we'll be back to fully normal operations," he said.
The BTC, the world's second-longest pipeline at 1,774 kilometers (1,109 miles), was inaugurated in 2006 and carries Azeri oil from the
It was shut on Aug. 5 after a blast in a pump at a section in eastern
BP has said previously that the oil link, which brings the equivalent of more than 1 percent of world supply from fields in the Azeri part of the Caspian Sea to Ceyhan in
The conduit faced further risks when tensions in
The closure of the pipeline caused members of the BTC consortium to declare force majeure on exports from Ceyhan, freeing them from contractual obligations.
London-based BP owns 30.1 percent of BTC, while Azeri state energy firm Socar holds 25 percent. Other shareholders include