Turkish section of BTC to be guarded by 57 gendarmerie stations

Jul 12, 2006 02:00 AM

The Turkish section of the BTC pipeline will be guarded by two brigades of the Turkish army on a permanent basis. The significant work has been performed to guard the pipeline from any risks, including physical damage, military and biological interference, as well as the environment.
It is reported that experts of Turkey and the USA instructed Azerbaijan’s and Georgia’s militaries since 2003. The amount of militaries to guard the BTC in Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia outnumber 3,000.

Alongside, BOTAS insured the Turkish section of the pipeline from any natural disasters. According to the oil spill scenarios examined, up to 50,000 bbl of oil may leak from the pipeline. Several boats have been purchased to arrange response in the event of leak at Heydar Aliyev terminal.
In total, 57 gendarmerie stations (over 1,500 people) will be guarding the pipeline.

Turkish special troops will be patrolling the pipeline along its whole extension. Each 15 days special aircraft will be making BTC shots.
Based on good American practice, rangers units have been established to guard the pipeline as well.

Source: Trend
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