South Caucasus Pipeline

South Caucasus Pipeline

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South Caucasus Pipeline (also: Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum Pipeline, BTE pipeline or Shah-Deniz Pipeline) is a natural gas pipeline to transport natural gas from the Shah Deniz gas field in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea to Turkey. It runs parallel to the Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan pipeline.


On 21 May 2006, the commissioning gas was pumped to the pipeline from the Sangachal Terminal. First deliveries through the pipeline commenced on 30 September 2006. Deliveries of gas from Shah Deniz gas field started on 15 December 2006.

On 12 August 2008, the pipeline operator BP closed the pipeline for the safety reasons because of the South Ossetia conflict.


The diameter gas pipeline runs in the same corridor as the Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan pipeline. It is long, of which is laid in Azerbaijan and in Georgia. The pipeline has a potential of being connected to and producers through the planned .

Economic impact

The first aim of pipeline is to supply Turkey and Georgia. As a transit country, Georgia has rights to take 5 % of the annual gas...
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