‘Thieves installed 850-meter-long pipe’
( Todayszaman )) "Judges have become more conscious about theft from the pipeline and are set to reclassify it. The attacks suggest organized crimes targeting an international project. As a result penalties have increased and now provide more of a disincentive. We faced many theft attempts. One attempt saw the installation of an 850-meter-long pipe under the ground when the pipeline was in its construction phase. This pipeline carried oil to a tank located under a farmhouse. The oil leakage was at very low amounts, making it very difficult to detect. We investigated many other illegal pipes during the construction phase. The drillings of the pipelines may also cause environmental problems. If the pressure increases, the illegal pipelines may burst and spill oil everywhere, polluting the environment," warns BIL General Manager Salih Pasaoglu .