In their activity on waste management, SOCAR are guided by laws and the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan, decrees and resolutions of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, decisions and resolutions of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan, other normative legal acts, international agreements they are a party to, agreements made on exploration an development of oil and gas ratified by laws of the Republic of Azerbaijan and "Waste management Plan" (WMP) approved by order of SOCAR president.
In order to ensure that the system designed to manage wastes generated at departments and enterprises of SOCAR works efficiently, works on collection, sorting out, transportation, utilization and burying of wastes being components of these processes are carried out in accordance with "Waste Management Plan". As provided for in WMP, production wastes and drilling sludge are handed over to the Waste Centre of the Environmental Department. With a view to ensuring for the Waste Centre to function in conformity with more contemporary requirements, a Feasibility Study document on the Reconstruction of the Waste Centre project within the contract made between SOCAR and US M-I L.L.C. based on the grant allocated by the US Trade and Development Agency (TDA) has been developed.
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In accordance with item 5.4 of the "Complex Actions Plan on Improvement of Ecological Condition in the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2006-2010" approved by Resolution No.1697 dated September 26, 2006 of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan aimed at protection of the atmospheric air, three ecological measuring stations were built in Sabail, Sabunchu and Surakhany districts, supplied with state-of-the-art equipment, and put into operation. With a view to ensuring uninterrupted control of used gases thrown into the atmosphere, using the modern gas analysers installed in Ecological Measuring Stations (Stargas-898, Smokemeter-495/01), works on measuring of harmful gases being thrown into the atmosphere by vehicles in the balance of departments and enterprises of SOCAR and comparing with norms existing in the Republic of Azerbaijan are carried out. Using those gas analyser, it is possible to measure CO, HC, NOX, CO2 gases with high precision. After the gases (CH, CO and smoke) thrown into the atmosphere by cars and special machines are compared with the standard norms, final reports are developed and delivered to enterprises in order to take necessary measures.
It should be noted that with the view of extending the Ecological Measuring Centre’s circle of activity, the State Committee for Standardization, Metrology and Patent of the Republic of Azerbaijan has conducted accreditation on technical authority and independence in the AZS National certification system at the centre and it was issued accreditation certificate No. AZ 031/11.1/02.0186.01.10.