Current Screening and Scoping Report aims to provide basis for future ESIA studies for the Project “Construction of the Access Road between Absheron Peninsula and Chilov Island”. The Project will imply the construction of a bridge connecting Chilov island with the Absheron coast, and two asphalted land roads to connect the bridge to an existing road infrastructure on both coasts. Chilov Island is located 25 km (16 mi) off the eastern end of the Absheron Peninsula in the Caspian Sea, 100 km (62 mi) from Baku. It is 10 km (6 mi) across and has an irregular shape with various headlands and inlets. Its highest elevation is 8 meters (26 ft). Its area is about 6 km2. Currently the island can only be accessed by air or sea.
The project intends to link Chilov Island to the mainland via a 16 km Bridge to open up the island for construction of the Gas Treatment Plan, other needed utilities, infrastructure needs and development opportunities.