Release date:: 24 January 2013
BP as the operator of the South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP) project announced today that the draft Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) document for the South Caucasus Pipeline Expansion project (SCPX) in Azerbaijan had been produced and was available for public review and comment.
A similar document covering the Georgia section is being prepared and finalised in Georgia.
Copies of the draft ESIA are now placed in public locations including a number of libraries in order to provide easy access to the document. In addition, the non-technical summary of the studies will be distributed at locations such as public information centres and community pamphlets will be distributed to villages along the route of the pipeline. These are supplemented with feedback forms to allow comments on the draft ESIA to be received and considered during the disclosure period.
The ESIA describes the existing environmental and social conditions along the pipeline route, the design, construction and operation of the facility, the predicted effects of the planned activities and the measures which will be taken to prevent, minimise and reduce any potential adverse effects on the ecology and population.
Tamam Bayatly, BP Baku Press office, telephone: 994 (0) 12 437 7573