Ecology & Environment Awarded Turkish Pipeline Contract

Ecology & Environment, Inc., Walsh Environmental Scientists and Engineers, LLC, and its Turkish partner (TEPE) have been awarded two contracts from BOTAS, the state-owned oil company in Turkey, to provide environmental oversight for construction of portions of a crude oil pipeline extending from northeastern Turkey to the deepwater port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean. This leg of the pipeline is the final portion of a 1,500-km pipeline, transporting oil from the Caspian Sea through Baku, Azerbaijan; Tbilisi, Georgia; and Turkey, to the port of Ceyhan.

E & E has worked with its local partner in Turkey, TEPE, and its president, Ali Kantur, for more than 10 years. The main emphasis of the environmental project will be to train Turkish nationals in environmental practices in accordance with World Bank standards.

For the first contract, E & E's scope of work includes developing and implementing an environmental management system (EMS) for the construction of Pipeline Lot A (approximately 350 km), extending southwest from the Turkey/Georgia border. The EMS will comply with ISO 14001 regulations. As part of the system, E & E will develop an environmental plan/manual for all construction personnel; conduct training sessions for workers; provide environmental construction oversight; and conduct quarterly audits and management review tasks. Additional tasks include supervising Turkish site archaeologists and restoration specialists.

For the second contract, E & E will perform parallel tasks for the construction of four pumping stations and one "pigging" station along the 1,000-km route in Turkey. E & E will supervise five separate crews involved in the construction of each station. The program is estimated at $1.2 million.