Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Mixed Intellegence: Where the Heck is Supsa?

Pictures of Poti and Supsa taken in 1999

US Department of Energy (EIA): "Baku-Supsa Pipeline (AIOC "Early Oil" Western Route) Baku to Supsa (Georgia), terminating at Supsa Black Sea Port "

Wikipedia:The Baku-Supsa Pipeline (also known as the Western Route Export Pipeline and Western Early Oil Pipeline) is an 830 kilometres (520 mi) long oil pipeline, which runs from the Sangachal Terminal near Baku to the Supsa terminal in Georgia. It transports oil from the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli field. The pipeline is operated by BP.

The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline goes through Georgian territory and not Russian aligned that's why BP, Chevron, Total, Hess and others built it, but, According to the map above, provided by US Department of Energy, there's a thick red line indicating a pipeline! The Baku-Supsa Pipeline terminates at the port of Batumi in the Russian affiliated autonomous region of Ajaria!
Supsa looks like a one horse town in Georgia, it doesn't look very much like a port, I think I'm going Poti, Poti is also in Georgia, I guess that's why Poti was bombed but Russia said it was no threat to oil shipments, Will that mean business as usual in the Russian-friendly boomtown Batumi?

Reuters: Georgia's oil port of Supsa is operating only partially and oil tankers are not going into its Batumi port?

I guess not...

This much I do know; US energy interests with all the usual suspects are somewhere in the mix including Zbigniew Brzezinski and Blackwater.
Jeremy Scahill's book Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army is now available in a special updated edition!

Poti (north), Subsa (middle), Batumi (south)

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Supsa oil storage depot

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The BBC says that oil is transported from Supsa to Batumi by rail Link
The Baku-Batumi pipline Link


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