Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 28
By Huseyn Valiyev - Trend:
Statoil has extensive experience in the management of oil spills and is ready to share it with Azerbaijan, manager for occupational safety, health and environment at Statoil Azerbaijan, Shahpour Sotoudehmanesh said on Jan. 28.
He made the remarks during a seminar titled 'Response to oil spills', which took place on Jan. 28 in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku at the initiative of Azerbaijani Emergency Situations Ministry and Statoil Azerbaijan.
"We believe that this seminar will contribute to the state project of Azerbaijan on prevention of oil spills," he said.
Sotoudehmanesh said that, in case of an oil spill, the identification of roles of the parties concerned in its liquidation is an important aspect.
Statoil Azerbaijan manager also noted that the preparedness of measures on prevention of oil spills is an important issue in ensuring security in this field in the Caspian Sea.
Azerbaijani Deputy Emergency Situations Minister, Eldar Mirzayev said that besides the fact that the Caspian Sea is rich in natural resources, it also acts as a transit route for petroleum product exports.
"Each year the production increases, new wells are being commissioned, the transit grows. All these make the security provision in the Caspian Sea by all littoral states an important issue. Norway has extensive experience in settling oil spill problems. We hope that it will interest all seminar participants," Mirzayev said.
The seminar was attended by representatives from several government agencies and companies engaged in the oil industry of the country. The topic of discussion at the seminar was the issue of using the experience in prevention of oil spills in the Caspian Sea. This experience was used in the North Sea by Statoil.
Translated by E.A.
Edited by C.N.