UNDP-GEF, SOCAR install new technology to curb methane emissions and supply clean fuel to rural communities in Azerbaijan

More than 600 households and 1250 individuals provided with access to the clean fuel. Photo / UNDP Azerbaijan. Photo credit: Mammad Aliyev

SİYAZAN, 23 September 2019 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Azerbaijan’s State Oil Company SOCAR marked today an important milestone in their joint project to tackle climate change with the installation of new state-of-the-art associated gas capturing technology set to reduce methane emissions by on-shore oil field in Azerbaijan by 20 percent.

The new cutting edge compressors and separators which have been installed in the Siyazan oil fields will help collect associated gas from the crude oil and distribute it to the end-user consumers around 15 villages in the Siyazan mountainous area of North Azerbaijan. It is estimated that more than 600 households and 1250 individuals who had previously no access to clean fuels will directly benefit from this programme, since 7 mln cubic metres of gas, including 4.6 mln mof methane previously vented into the atmosphere will now be delivered to their homes.

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