Driving out contaminated soil
The Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan crude oil pipeline runs for almost 2000 km from an offshore oilfield in the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. Completed in 2005, the pipeline can transport 1 million barrels of oil a day from the landlocked Caspian Sea to the western market. In August 2008, a terrorist attack on the line in Erzincan, Turkey, resulted in contaminating 7200 tonnes of soil with crude oil. The contaminated soil was collected during repairs but disposing of it safely was a challenge. RSK, using the same high standards of health and safety and wealth of experience it has used on similar projects, developed and implemented a remediation plan for the pipeline operators.
Regional group teams and local assets excavated and transported the soil 950 km to Izaydas, the only hazardous waste landfill in Turkey. Before beginning work, RSK produced a health, safety and management plan that conformed to BP’s requirements. This included a method statement and risk assessments for excavation, soil loading, transportation and tyre washing. As per RSK’s recommendations, each 24-tonne excavator truck had two drivers and night driving was prohibited. The group meticulously planned the process to ensure the job was completed before harsh winter weather set in. Despite transport delays from increased security following the terrorist attack, RSK completed its work on time.