|The route of Samsun-Ceyhan part of Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline was shortened 100 kilometers, as the starting point of the pipeline was changed to Unye district of Ordu province from the Samsun province, Turkish Energy and Natural Sources Minister Hilmi Guler said on Saturday.
"Change in the route of the pipeline did not have an impact on investment plan. Furthermore, it is more appropriate with respect to areas where harbors, storage facilities and other necessary facilities would be deployed," he said.
Guler also said the project was planned to start to operate in 2010.
The 550-km long (340 miles) pipeline is expected to cost $1.5 billion and will ship an initial 1 million barrels per day to the Turkish port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean, with plans to raise the capacity to 1.5 million bpd.
The project, which will be carried out by the Trans Anatolian Pipeline Company (Tapco), was envisioned to reduce increasing traffic on the Bosphorus Straits in Istanbul.