Reuters are reporting that the Caspian pipeline consortium (CPC) expects to pump approximately 60 million t of CPC Blend BFO-CPC crude oil via the CPC pipeline this year, down from the previous plan for 67 million t, the consortium told Reuters.
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“We expect to pump around 60 million t, but it (the export volume), of course, depends on producers,” CPC said.
On a daily basis, CPC Blend exports will be 10% lower than under the previous plan, calculations by Reuters show.
The original plan was based on producers’ annual requests, CPC said, but shipped volumes can be affected by factors such as maintenance and bad weather.
“We’re pragmatists and understand that the maximum volume of loadings (67 million t) is unlikely to be achieved. We stay in contact with producers and plan exports monthly and quarterly, which allows us to make corrections to the export schedule according to the latest changes,” CPC said.
Preliminary CPC Blend loading schedules for August - December, seen by Reuters, and export data for January - July suggest CPC Blend exports may reach 60.2 million t this year, in line with the revised plan.
CPC Blend exports in January - July totalled 34.48 million t, according to Kazakhstan’s Energy Ministry data.
The CPC pipeline’s current capacity is 72 million tpy with the use of pipe dopes, CPC said. It is unclear whether the capacity may be fully used next year as the consortium has not yet received producers’ requests for exports in 2019.
Lower shipments via the CPC pipeline are expected as a result of maintenance on the Tengizchevroil (TCO) and Karachaganak Petroleum Operating (KPO) oilfields in August - October, as well as on the giant Kashagan oilfield.
The CPC consortium’s main shareholders are Russia, which holds a 31% stake, Kazakhstan’s Kazmunaigaz with 19%, and Chevron Caspian Pipeline Consortium Company with 15%.
Other shareholders include Lukraco B.V., Rosneft-Shell Caspian Ventures Limited, Mobil Caspian Pipeline Company, Eni, BG Overseas Holding and Oryx Caspian Pipeline.
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