On-site training of BP Staff in Azerbaijan
British Petroleum formed 30% of a consortium of companies brought together to construct the $3.9 billion oil pipeline from the Caspian Sea at Baku in Azerbaijan, via Tbilisi in Georgia to the Mediterranean at Ceyhan in Turkey. The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline is 1768km long, began operation in 2005 and transfers 1 million barrels of oil per day from the Caspian oil fields to oil tankers in the Mediterranean sea.
To move this quantity of oil large pump stations are located along the pipeline and it was at one of these pump stations in the west of Azerbaijan that in 2008 IAMC undertook training of BP staff in the monitoring of the emissions from the compressors. The monitoring was carried using the instrumentation provided by the BP staff which was transported from Baku to the pump station. Monitoring was carried out to comply with the BTC companies environmental policy and was driven by European legislation and guidelines rather than local legislation.