BP views the Jabrayil solar power project (the Sunrise project) and the electrification of the Sangachal terminal as the beginning of a review of the company’s long-term carbon plans in Azerbaijan, BP regional (Azerbaijan, Georgia and Türkiye) vice president for finance Colin Allan said.

According to Report, Allan stressed that the Jabrayil solar project is designed to reduce the use of fuel gas at the Sangachal terminal for electricity production, which will lead to an 11% reduction in the total emissions of BP from its operations.

Allan noted that based on this example, the company is reviewing the long-term carbon plan.

He said they identified how to move to a phased electrification of offshore infrastructure in the Shah Deniz field, adding that this will be done through a series of investments over the next decade.

Allan noted that these are indicators of a different way of thinking among the company’s engineers about how to solve the problem of the energy transition.

Allan also reported that significant progress has been made in the implementation of the 240-megawatt Jabrayil station project: a weather monitoring station has been installed in Jabrayil, ANAMA [Azerbaijan Republic Mine Action Agency] has carried out mine clearance and ordnance disposal work in the area where the station will be located, and on-site testing will begin soon.

The energy transition means important changes and opportunities for the industry and for Azerbaijan as an energy exporting country, Allan concluded.

He said BP sees Azerbaijan’s potential to provide global markets with affordable and safe energy while working hard to reduce emissions.