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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Azeri Pipeline to Open

TBILISI, Georgia -- A pipeline across Georgia for transporting Azerbaijan's Caspian Sea oil to the West will begin operating in April, the head of Azerbaijan's state oil company said Monday.

The line connecting Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, and the Georgian Black Sea port of Supsa will start pumping oil Apr. 1, 1999, Natik Aliev said. Aliev was in Georgia's capital, Tbilisi, for talks with President Eduard Shevardnadze.

Many U.S. oil companies have invested in Caspian projects, and the United States wants the bulk of the crude to flow through a longer, as-yet-unbuilt pipeline across Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.