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Unravelling the Carbon Web is a project by PLATFORM. We work to reduce the environmental and social impacts of oil corporations, to help citizens gain a say in decisions that affect them, and to support the transition to a more sustainable energy economy.

Notes from Gog & Magog

Notes from Gog & Magog prides itself on seeing into the murky parts that other columns just don’t fathom. What we would have given to have witnessed one, two or several meetings that took place in the week following the 7th August during the conflagration in South Ossetia.

As some point someone from BP surely paid a visit to the Russian Ministry of Defence in Moscow to complain about the 50 craters alongside the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline in Georgia, left by a Russian bomber. Did Rashid Javanshir, the Head of BTC Co? Or did someone from BP headquarters visit the Russian Embassy in London? Or, given the somewhat tricky relations between Russia and the company given the wranglings over TNK-BP, did BP just smile sweetly and keep its head down? “You bombed our pipeline? Oh no worries.” Certainly BP studiously refused to confirm the well-founded reports of those bomb craters.

And then there were the meetings between BP and Russians over the use of the Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline. After BTC had been blow up by the PKK and shut down, after Baku-Supsa had been reopened and quickly closed when Russian tanks effectively camped above it at Gori, after the railway line carrying Azeri crude to Batumi had been blown up - then the Russians graciously offered BP the use of the Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline to export Azeri crude. How did this offer come about? Who went to whom to discuss it? Did William (Bill) Schrader, President of BP Azerbaijan, visit the Russian energy representative in Baku? Did Richard Spies, President of BP Russia meet the Energy Ministry in Moscow?

If the latter, Gog & Magog wonders if he met Igor Sechin, the Russian Energy Minister who’s played such a tough hand against BP in the TNK-BP affair?

Oh what we would have given to be a fly on the wall at those meetings.