ACG, BTC and SCP Inaugurate Modern Emergency Medical Service Facility in Kurdamir

25 January 2007

BP on behalf of its partners in the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli (ACG), Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) and South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP) projects today inaugurated a new emergency medical service facility in Kurdamir. The facility will be operated as part of the Kurdamir Central Hospital using mixed resources of BP’s medical service provider and specially trained local medical personnel. 

ACG Participating Interests are: BP (operator – 34,1%), Chevron (10,3%), SOCAR (10%), INPEX (10%), Statoil (8,6%), ExxonMobil (8%), TPAO (6.8%), Devon (5,6%), ITOCHU (3,9%), Hess (2,7%). 

The BTC Co. shareholders are: BP (30.1%); AzBTC (25.00%); Chevron (8.90%); Statoil (8.71%); TPAO (6.53%); ENI (5.00%); Total (5.00%), Itochu (3.40%); INPEX (2.50%), ConocoPhillips (2.50%) and Hess (2.36%) 

The SCP Co. funding shareholders are: BP (technical operator – 25.5%), Statoil (commercial operator - 25.5%), SOCAR (10%), Lukoil (10%), NICO (10%), Total (10%), and TPAO (9%). 

The project is part of a major initiative called Regional Emergency Medical Programme (REMP), which is designed to improve pre-hospital and in-hospital emergency medical services in the areas close to BP operated pipelines. These are the areas which did not previously have emergency medical service bases to international standards. The REMP covers three major districts of Azerbaijan along the BTC/SCP and Western Route Export pipelines - Kurdamir, Yevlakh and Shamkir. A similar facility was launched late last year in Yevlakh while the one in Shamkir is planned to be operational in the near future. The new facilities are designed to provide medical service to not only BP-operated projects staff but also local communities. 
The work undertaken by the REMP includes renovation of existing emergency departments of central hospitals in the three districts, provision of new medical equipment and extensive training for local medical personnel. The implementer of the REMP on behalf of ACG, BTC and SCP partners is the International Medical Corps (IMC). 

The total cost of the REMP is $600,000 of which $450,000 is invested by ACG, BTC and SCP partners, and the remaining $150,000 comes from the implementing partner IMC. In addition to this total cost, BP and its partners will spend more than $300,000 (over $100,000 a year for three consecutive years) to cover operational expenses for running the three facilities. 

The REMP is implemented in collaboration with a wider and bigger regional initiative called the Emergency Medical Development Initiative (EMDI) funded by USAID, Hess, Chevron and the BTC and SCP projects and implemented by IMC. This enables the REMP to be more comprehensive and cost effective, as well as to cover wider communities than those directly affected by BP-operated projects. 

“BP and our partners are proud to sponsor this important health initiative. It will clearly bring benefit to the staff involved in our onshore oil and gas operations through a faster delivery of medical aid in the event of any emergency. But most importantly these new and modern facilities will provide local communities along our pipelines reliable access to high quality emergency medical care. With their sophisticated medical equipment and ambulances these new hospital facilities will from now on provide emergency care to those who will need it within the ‘golden hour’, says Rashid Javanshir, BP’s Vice-President, Onshore Operations. 

Further information:
Tamam Bayatly at BP’s Press Office in Baku, telephone: 994 (0) 12 599 4557