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In assessing possible new developments we routinely carry out Environmental and Social Impacts Assessments (ESIAs) at the start of a project.
Three separate ESIAs have been completed to cover the length of the pipeline and associated facilities through Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. The three ESIAs were led by international teams of independent consultants with significant input from national consultants and scientists in all three countries.
Underpinning the ESIAs was a set of goals to minimize the project ‘footprint' (including the right of way, temporary facilities and access roads), to achieve no net damage to protected ecological areas or archaeological sites, to require no resettlement of people, and to result in no permanent disruption to the livelihoods of local populations.
As a result of the meticulous route selection process for the pipeline, not a single person was required to move from their home because of the BTC project.
For information about community and environmental investment visit the Environment and Society section.
BTC Co is committed to the goal of making the project a model in all respects. In addition to internal oversight and assurance, external monitoring provides an important source of scrutiny, challenge and consultation necessary to help achieve this goal.
External monitoring of the project has involved multiple layers of assurance and oversight. External monitoring is carried out, for example, by the Caspian Development Advisory Panel, by the lenders' Independent Environmental and Social Consultant, by the Social and Resettlement Action Plan Review Team, and by local and international NGOs.
The findings of all these groups and more are available in the Reports and Publications section of the website.
BP is responsible for managing and carrying out development and production activities on behalf of the various project partnerships within agreed management frameworks.
The BTC pipeline is being developed by a group of 11 national and international oil companies and the BTC Pipeline Company was formed for this purpose in August 2002 as a separately incorporated company.