BIL Instrument & Control Technical Authority

03 Nov 2016
07 Feb 2017
Oil and Gas
Contract Type
Full Time
Role synopsis
The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline was built to address the main export solutions for Azerbaijan. The pipeline crosses the territories of three countries - Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, starting from the Sangachal Terminal at the Caspian Sea in Baku, Azerbaijan and finishing at the Ceyhan Terminal on the Turkish coast of the Mediterranean in Turkey. The length of BTC is 1,768 km, and its diameter varies from 34 to 46 inches.

The BTC Pipeline enters Turkey in Ardahan at the Georgian border and runs for 1076 km until Adana in the Mediterranean coast of Turkey where the crude oil is exported from the Ceyhan Marine Terminal. Along its route in Turkey there are 4 pumps stations and 2 intermediate pigging stations. The pipeline started operations in June 2006.

The Turkish section of the BTC Pipeline was built by the Turkish national pipeline company, BOTAS, on a lump sum, turn-key ("LSTK") basis and is operated by a subsidiary, BOTAS International Limited (BIL) which was formed for this sole purpose. This arrangement is imbedded in the Intergovernmental Agreements ("IGA") and Host Government Agreements ("HGA") that underpinned the BTC Project.
BOTAS International Limited ("BIL") is the Designated Operator of the Turk ish section of the BTC Pipeline as documented in the Agreement for the Operations of Facilities in the Republic of Turkey ("Operating Agreement") between the BTC Pipeline Company (BP as the biggest shareholder), as MEP Participant, and BIL, as Designated Operator.

The Operating Agreement has been amended three times, the last one being on October 25 th 2011. This final Amendment gives the MEP Participant the opportunity to embed an Engineering Authority and a Technical Authority (TA) Team into the BIL organization. The TAs will report to the seconded EA and work closely with their discipline counterparts in the BIL Organization. The TAs will be accountable for the scope highlighted in next sections.

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced engineer to be part of the development of a new team and to help build and support the engineering organization within BIL. The team will be part of the wider BIL engineering organization and have influence in a strategically important pipeline operation.

The work pattern requirements for this role as follows: 5 days/ week schedule with one week in Ankara other week at CMT or other sites.

Key accountabilities
The TA will be an expert within the relevant discipline. The TA will be a primary source of technical advice to the Engineering Authority (EA) within BIL. TAs will be reporting to the EA for their in-year performance management in line with BP processes. Their goals will be aligned with the objectives of EA and the engineering plans in BIL.

  • Review existing technical practices and if needed propose revisions to be approved for his or her discipline(s).
  • Ensure the application of approved technical practices for his or her discipline(s) by BIL staff and by contractors under the control of BIL
  • Ensure operation of the technical practices' control procedure.
  • Ensure that the processes for design and construction of new facilities, or the modification of existing facilities, meet the requirements of relevant standards.
  • Approve all relevant MOCs. This means ensuring that the engineering aspects of all temporary and permanent changes are evaluated and managed to ensure that risks arising from these changes remain at an acceptable level.
  • Identify, review and recommend to EA the approval of high risk MOCs.
  • Assure Safety Instrumented Systems are maintained and operated to industry standards.
  • Assure Telecommunication and Scada systems are operated and maintained to industry standards.
  • Assist and advice the EA for assurance of power systems serving the above ground installations.
  • Assist and advice the EA for assurance of electrical rotating equipment serving the above ground installations.
  • For Safety Critical Items, approve all Planned Maintenance Routines (PMR's) and Written Schemes of Examination (WSE's).
  • Approve Performance Standards relating to inspection and maintenance activities for their discipline
  • Assure critical processes and ensure self verification is being undertaken by the BIL operational teams.
  • Inspect critical processes.
  • Review and approve specialised process safety studies (e.g., QRA, fire/ explosion hazard analysis, etc.) and risk assessments (e.g., HAZOP/ LOPA, HAZID, FMEA, what-if etc.)
  • Establish the process to be employed to capture know-how relevant to discipline technical practices.
  • Advise the EA and BIL staff on issues relating to technical integrity and manage the technical input to Risk Registers and advise on levels of risk
  • Advise maintenance and inspection frequencies and techniques within their engineering specialty.
  • Be involved with / consulted on MoC efforts that relate to their area of engineering expertise.
  • Advise on the use of appropriate standards, practices and design guidelines.
  • Serve as a principal resource to the EA for the development of the technical practices.
  • Advise the BIL staff and the EA with respect to exceptions to the technical practices.
  • Technically evaluate requests for exceptions to the technical practices / industry standards as requested.
  • Actively participate to the technical networks / communities of interest, maintaining a strong awareness of technical learnings, advances within their area of specialty, etc.
  • Serve as a technical focal point for engineers within BIL in their area of engineering specialty.
  • Review and approve any method of statements, risk assessments, engineering modifications and temporary/permanent deviations in his/her area, mutually with his/her counterpart in BIL.

Essential Education
  • Formal education with relevant technical engineering degree from a recognized University
  • Must have Chartered or Professional Engineering Certificate

Essential experience and job requirements
  • Demonstrates a personal commitment to HSSE and demonstrates safety leadership behaviours
  • Professional development with at least 10 years of relevant engineering work experience
  • Full knowledge of applicable policies and procedures
  • Proven knowledge of and participation within relevant technical networks inside and outside the company.
  • Proven experience in leading and facilitating technical discussion
  • Demonstrates sound engineering judgment
  • Demonstrate competent work performance
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be a self starter and capable of working as a secondee within a partner organization
  • Must be able to display the level of responsibility, accountability and maturity for this position

Other Requirements (e.g. Travel, Location)

Desirable criteria & qualifications
Knowledge of Turkish language is a preference

Relocation available
Yes - including international/expat

Travel required
Yes - up to 50%

Is this a part time position?

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Closing Date
[ "06-Feb-2017" ]