18 mois avant la catastrophe du Golfe du Mexique, #BP a déjà eu un accident similaire au large de l’#Azerbaïdjan.
WikiLeaks cables : BP suffered blowout on Azerbaijan gas platform | The Guardian
Striking resemblances between BP’s Gulf of Mexico disaster and a little-reported giant gas leak in Azerbaijan experienced by the UK firm 18 months beforehand have emerged from leaked US embassy cables.
The cables reveal that some of BP’s partners in the gas field were upset that the company was so secretive about the incident that it even allegedly withheld information from them. They also say that BP was lucky that it was able to evacuate its 212 workers safely after the incident, which resulted in two fields being shut and output being cut by at least 500,000 barrels a day with production disrupted for months.
Les américains s’inquiètent alors plus de la mauvaise image qu’est en train de se forger BP en Azerbaïdjan, plutôt que de savoir si ces méthodes opérationnelles n’entraîneraient pas des risques ailleurs :
The cable continues: “At least some of BP’s ACG partners are similarly upset with BP’s performance in this episode, as they claim BP has sought to limit information flow about this event even to its ACG partners. Although it is too early to ascertain the cause, if in fact this production shutdown was due to BP technical error, and if it continues for months (as seems possible), BP’s reputation in Azerbaijan will take a serious hit.”