Germany to help Azerbaijan develop concept of improving contaminated territories of industrial enterprises

Germany to help Azerbaijan develop concept of improving contaminated territories of industrial enterprises

Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept.6 / Trend, E. Ismayilov /

The German government will help Azerbaijan in drawing up a cadastre and developing the concept of cleaning industrial enterprises which have become contaminated over many years.

These activities are envisaged in an agreement signed on Tuesday in Sumgayit, between Production Unit "Azerkimya" of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) and the German company "GICON," within the project of "Development of a concept for improvement of contaminated territories in Azerbaijan."

The agreement was signed by PU head Mukhtar Babayev and the German company executive director Jochen Grossmann.

"The agreement envisages an intensive exchange of cleaning up the contaminated areas, preparing a cleaning methodology of contaminated lands at industrial sites in the territory of the Production Unit, and the German side's participation in the activities to cleaning up these sites," Babayev said at the signing ceremony.

The agreement between the sides was signed at the conference "Defining the risk of contaminated lands," which began its work in the PU (Sumgayit city) on Sept. 6. The conference is being held on the initiative of the Federal Ministry for Environment, the Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety agency, the German Agency for International Cooperation, and with assistance from "Azerkimya."

The German government accompanies GICON's activity through financial support and contributes to the exchange of experiences with German experts.

The main purpose of the conference is to study the experience of German experts who have extensive experience in cleaning up contaminated areas, their involvement in the joint development, preparation of techniques and methods for studying contamination levels, and evaluation of pollution of territory of the Sumgayit chemical complex.

During the three-day conference, representatives of the Azerbaijani and German state agencies, as well as a number of specialists of industrial enterprises, will deliver reports.

The conference will provide an opportunity to the Azerbaijani specialists to study modern methods and research techniques, to achieve rehabilitation of contaminated lands, including in industrial areas, as well as the effective use of advanced international practices to further improve Sumgayit's environment.

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