- The Caspian Pipeline Consortium mentioned that export disruptions might final multiple month.
- CPC: Single Level Moorings (SPM) 1 and a pair of are briefly out of service.
- Kazakhstan might have to chop crude oil manufacturing on account of the disruptions.
Oil exports from Kazakhstan by way of the Black Sea terminal of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) face not less than a month of diminished shipments and disrupted loading schedules resulting from pressing repairs wanted at two of the terminal’s three Single Level Moorings, CPC mentioned on Tuesday, as carried by Reuters.
On Monday, CPC mentioned that Single Level Moorings (SPM) 1 and a pair of are briefly out of service. Earlier this month, whereas performing scheduled upkeep on SPM-1 and SPM-2, divers found cracks in subsea hose attachments to buoyancy tanks, the consortium mentioned. The integrity of the tools stays intact, and there’s no menace to wildlife of the Black Sea, CPC added.
The 1,500-km CPC pipeline from the large Kazakh oilfields within the Caspian Sea to Novorossiysk, on the Russian Black Coastline, strikes over two-thirds of all Kazakhstan export oil together with crude from Russian fields, together with these within the Caspian area.
On Tuesday, CPC mentioned it was searching for a contractor to start restore works on the two idled level moorings and that the steering for a month of disrupted oil flows out of Novorossiysk was approximate and will change.
Reuters cited on Monday unnamed sources acquainted with the matter as saying that the only working mooring level at Novorossiysk can deal with lower than 70 p.c of the same old capability of the terminal. Which means Kazakhstan might have to chop oil manufacturing.
This isn’t the primary drawback with the CPC pipeline and Kazakh oil exports this yr. In July this yr, the stream of oil alongside it was suspended by a Russian courtroom choice linked to an oil spill that occurred final yr. Later, an appeals courtroom in Russia overturned this choice granting the restart of the pipeline.
Earlier this month, media reported that Kazakhstan’s state oil firm, KazMunayGas, was in talks with Azerbaijan’s SOCAR to reroute some volumes from CPC to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline that runs from Azerbaijan by means of Georgia to Turkey.
By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com
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