Throughout operations, safety and security of people and operational facilities is paramount. Our basic challenge as an organization continues to be to develop an effective safety culture.
We operate an ISO 14001 certified environmental management system within the Azerbaijan business as an integral part of everyday operations. This process demands continual improvement of environmental performance through the minimization of operational impacts.
Operations of the BTC pipeline started up first in Azerbaijan with the beginning of linefill at the head pump station at the Sangachal terminal in Azerbaijan on 10 May 2005. A total of 10 million barrels of crude oil is required to fill the line. On 10 August 2005 the first volumes reached the Azeri-Georgian border and on 17 November linefill proceeded into Turkey. During the stage-by-stage linefill and commissioning, the focus remains on rigorous testing to ensure the integrity and safety of each section prior to introducing oil. The official inauguration of the Turkish section of the pipeline and the Ceyhan Marine Terminal is expected to take place in the spring 2006.