Human Rights and Transparent Grievance Management: the way we operate in Azerbaijan
- Ibrahim Ismayilov (BP) | Aysel Yusifzade | Abdulla Alakbarov
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- International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, 11-13 September, Perth, Australia
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- 2012. SPE/APPEA International Conference on Health, Safety, and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
- 6.1.5 Human Resources, Competence and Training, 4.2.3 Materials and Corrosion, 4.2 Pipelines, Flowlines and Risers, 7.2.5 Emergency Preparedness and Training, 6.6.5 Community Outreach, 6.6.2 Environmental and Social Impact Assessments
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The Government of Azerbaijan has signed a production sharing agreement (known as the "Contract of the Century?? in Azerbaijan) with a consortium of international oil companies in 1994, which marked the beginning of the new development in the country's oil and gas history.1 This contract has signified a key milestone in transforming the economy of the country and hike in standards of living of Azerbaijani citizens following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
This contract has produced one of the world's largest pipeline project taking Caspian energy resources across Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey to the world market. Called Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline, this mega-infrastructure project operated by BP has delivered the best practice in the industry with key focus on environmental and social impact assessment and comprehensive mitigation measures with focus on building positive relationships with communities and people affected by the project activities. BP, as the responsible operator of the major oil and gas projects in the country, has demonstrated a special emphasis to community safety, community liaison and local stakeholder relations management.2
In furtherance of the goal of promoting and establishing the BTC project, the Governments of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey have entered into an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) and associated Host Government Agreement (HGA), which set out the legal and fiscal regime under which The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline Company (BTC Co.) may construct and operate the BTC project in each country. As a supplement to each HGA, BTC Co. signed with Governments of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey a joint statement, which establishes a number of additional key commitments, including a commitment to implement the BTC Project consistently with the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD) Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises and commitment to internationally recognized human rights principles in the context of security operations around the BTC pipeline.
BTC project's financing has also involved engagement with major international development and financial institutions such as International Finance Corporation (IFC) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), applying to project number of environmental and social requirements which are included in the BTC project's Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP).3 Under the terms of the loan agreements and related documentation, BTC Co has undertaken to comply with international environmental and social regulations and policies ESAP in the development, construction and operation of the pipeline and related facilities.
Within BTC project a sound grievance management mechanism is established to ensure compliance of the project with its corporate code of conduct, applicable laws and regulations and to maintain positive community relations in project affected areas.
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