Reports have been made of an explosion on the Turkish section of the Shah Deniz project’s natural gas transportation pipeline.
The pipeline links the BP led Shah Deniz offshore project, in Azerbaijan, to various locations across Europe and the Adriatic.
Reports coming in show the explosion to be in the Posof province of Turkey, not far from the Turkish – Georgia boarder.
Act Of Terrorism
Turkish officials are already claiming the incident to be an act of terrorism, as Turkey’s minister for Energy, Taner Yildiz, said “With last night’s attack, the separatist terror organization (PKK) has once again shown that they aim to prevent our people from accessing their most basic needs,”
Government sources have also stated that this is one in a series of attacks on oil and gas pipelines in recent weeks by the PKK. Another recent attack involved an oil pipeline transporting crude from Iraq into Turkey. The Turkish government have said that the Iraq – Turkey oil pipeline has started to again flow, but at a greatly reduced rate.
The Kurdish separatist movement, the PKK, has been highly active over the last month, with a spate of attacks against the Turkish people and its infrastructure, seen as an opportunistic move as the region currently has its hands full with the terrorist group ISIS.
BP has released a statement saying that its Shah Deniz offshore platform and its onshore terminal are both unaffected. Further, BP said the platform was already shutdown at the time due to routine maintenance, so production is also unaffected.
Trans Adriatic Pipeline Extension
Offshore Post reported recently on extension to the pipeline that will increase its length right though the Adriatic to northern Italy. French based Technip have won the contract for all parts of the engineering and installation.
The Shah Deniz offshore gas field is Azerbaijan’s biggest. The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is a joint venture between UK based BPT (20%), SOCAR (20%), Statoil (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%).
Last updated on 10:10PM - 11/08/15