Transport Diversification Allows Resumption of Kazakh Oil Product Exports to Europe

In March 2024, Kazakh state pipeline operator JSC KazTransOil again started loading of dark oil products produced at Kazakhstani refineries onto Aframax size tankers through the Republic of Georgia’s Batumi Oil Terminal LLC. The shipments to European countries will total 60,000-80,000 tons. Aframax vessels are designed for the safe and efficient transportation of oil and oil products to various regions of the world, and can carry about 600,000 barrels of oil or petroleum products.

The move is designed to diversify modes of transit, transportation routes and to improve economic efficiency. KazTransOil reports that it plans to load dark oil products of Kazakhstani origin regularly every month. This decision will allow customers of the Batumi Oil Terminal to reduce transportation costs, making the export route through Batumi more attractive, and should contribute to an increase in the volume of transported products.

Over its more than twenty years of existence, KazTransOil has transported more than one billion tons of oil and has moved more than 825 billion ton-kilometers of cargo. To date, KazTransOil manages an extensive network of oil pipelines with a length of more than 5,400 kilometers, providing oil transportation both to domestic refineries and for export in different directions. The company remains in a leading position, providing transportation of about 40% of all oil produced in Kazakhstan and almost 90% of all crude supplies to domestic refineries.

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