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A Turkish official and a shipping source said, on Saturday, that the Turkish port of Ceyhan may resume loading oil from the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline "BTC" within a day or two using "manual" procedures.
The station, located on Turkey's Mediterranean coast, was damaged by the devastating earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on Monday.
The station is the storage and loading point for the "BTC" pipeline, which transports oil from Azerbaijan, as well as the Kirkuk pipeline from Iraq.
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The Kirkuk pipeline resumed flows on Tuesday evening, and a tanker docked at the port of Ceyhan for loading that day. A third tanker was loaded on Friday.
However, BP Azerbaijan declared force majeure regarding the loading of Azeri crude from Ceyhan port on Wednesday.
The Turkish official said the BTC pipeline loading control room was damaged, but additional loading operations are expected to resume "manually" while the control room is repaired.
A shipping source, citing information received from the station, said loading operations could begin within a day or two.
An official and an oil source said yesterday that damage assessment and repairs were underway in Ceyhan and that exports from the BTC pipeline could resume from Sunday unless other problems were discovered.
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