meanwhile, exports its early oil through the Baku-Supsa (Georgia) pipeline which it owns and operates. But that pipeline can accommodate only a fraction of the future oil output from Azerbaijan. Any expansion of that pipeline would be pointless because, first, it terminates on the Black Sea; and second, because any additional volumes of oil pumped to Supsa would reduce the volumes available to be committed for export through Baku-Ceyhan. In the final analysis, procrastination on Baku-Ceyhan condemns Caspian oil producers–local countries and foreign companies alike–to existence in a vicious circle. Project development marks time because there is no MEP, while work on the MEP to Turkey is being held up on the grounds that the extractive projects do not yet produce enough oil.
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