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UPDATE 1-Chevron-led Kazakh oil venture stops BTC shipments

* BTC’s only Kazakh supplier stops shipments

* Kazakhstan says volumes had been “insignificant”

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ASTANA, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Chevron-led CVX.N Kazakh oil venture Tengizchevroil has stopped pumping oil through the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline, Kazakhstan's Energy Minister Sauat Mynbayev said on Wednesday.

Central Asia’s largest oil producer ships most of its crude through Russia using the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) and the Atyrau-Samara pipelines. A small portion is shipped across the Caspian Sea to Azerbaijan by tankers.

Addressing reporters, Mynbayev said the move could be linked to disagreement over fees charged by BTC but gave no details.

“...If Chevron does not like the (transit) fees, it is up to Chevron to use the routes it likes better,” Mynbayev said. “Which is precisely what they have done.”

Tengizchevroil in Kazakhstan declined to comment.

Mynbayev said Tengizchevroil, BTC’s only Kazakh supplier, had shipped “insignificant” volumes through the pipeline.

He did not provide any figures or say when exactly the shipments stopped.

Apart from Chevron, Tengizchevroil shareholders are Exxon Mobil XOM.N, Russia's LUKOIL LKOH.MM and Kazakh state energy firm KazMunaiGas [KMG.UL]. (Reporting by Raushan Nurshayeva; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov)

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