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25 May 2017

Japanese University Professor conducts seminar at Baku Higher Oil School

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Four-day seminar on Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) has commenced at Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS). It is organised upon initiative of INPEX with organisational support from BHOS and SOCAR UPSTREAM Management International LLC for final-year Petroleum Engineering students from a number of national universities. SOCAR Vice President for Geology and Geophysics Bahram Huseynov and Head of department of SOCAR’s Oil and Gas Research and Design Institute, senior geologist Elvin Akhmedov attended the event. First Secretary of the Japanese Embassy in Azerbaijan Takaaki Usui, representative of the Embassy Toshihiro Katagiri, professor of Waseda University (Japan) Masanori Kurihara, Research associate of the Waseda Unversity Utomo Pratama, INPEX Vice President on Asset Management Akihiko Kurashina and representatives of INPEX company Takuya Muta and Yukito Nomura also participated in the opening of the seminar.

In his introductory speech, Rector of the Baku Higher Oil School Elmar Gasimov welcomed the seminar participants and speakers and spoke about landmark milestones in the development of BHOS including recent opening of the Higher School new campus with participation of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev, first admission to Master degree program and forthcoming first graduation ceremony. The Rector highly praised the Higher School’s cooperation with SOCAR and thanked management of SOCAR UPSTREAM Management LLC for the support in arranging the event. He emphasised that BHOS new campus is equipped with all necessary facilities for conducting such seminars in the future. Elmar Gasimov expressed his gratitude to professor of Waseda University Masanori Kurihara and representatives from INPEX Corporation for accepting the invitation to conduct the seminar on the advanced methods and technologies used in the petroleum industry to optimise oil recovery.

SOCAR Vice President for Geology and Geophysics Bahram Huseynov welcomed the seminar attendants including students of Baku Higher Oil School, Azerbaijan State Oil and Industrial University, Khazar University, BHOS staff members and representatives of SOCAR's Oil and Gas Research and Design Institute. He told about the Higher School achievements in successful implementation of educational strategy and expressed his gratitude to representatives of INPEX, SOCAR UPSTREAM Management International LLC and Waseda University for arranging the seminar.

First Secretary of the Japanese Embassy in Azerbaijan Takaaki Usui expressed his great pleasure to visit BHOS, one of the national higher educational institutions with the best possible rating. He also noted that the seminar with participation of Japanese experts would strengthen friendly ties between Azerbaijan and Japan.

The lectures and demonstrations at the seminar are to be provided by the Professor of the Waseda University Masanori Kurihara, Research associate of the Waseda Unversity Utomo Pratama, INPEX Vice President on Asset Management Akihiko Kurashina and representatives of INPEX company Takuya Muta and Yukito Nomura.

The first day of the fourth-day seminar covered the following issues: Drainage mechanism, Primary oil recovery, Secondary oil recovery, and Overview of EOR. Second and third days are devoted to individual EOR methods and simulator including thermal methods/Thermal Simulator, (Miscible) gas injection methods/Compositional Simulator, Chemical methods/Chemical Simulator, and Screening of EOR methods. The last day shall be dedicated to Practical Reservoir Simulation Procedure and EOR Simulation Demonstration.

This is a second seminar conducted by Professor of the Waseda University Masanori Kurihara at the Baku Higher Oil School. The first one was arranged in 2015.

19 May 2017

SOCAR launches next filling station in Romania

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SOCAR successfully realises investment projects in Romania and expands it filling stations network in the country. The Company has put into operation its second petrol station in Bucharest, capital of Romania. The station supplies NANO 95, NANO 98, NANO Diesel and NANO Super Diesel. There are two meters, which enable the station to fuel four motor vehicles. The station is supplied with an electric charge, car wash, and café with 24/7 free WI-FI as well. Thus, the number of petrol stations in Romania reached 36.

At this moment, SOCAR opertes filling stations in 17 regions of Romania: Botosani, Suceava, Neamt, Iasi, Bihor, Buzau, Bacau, Vrancea, Timis, Ilfov, Cluj, Valcea, Arad, Bistrita-Nasaud, Sibiu, Arges, and Bucharest.

19 May 2017

School of Project Management launched at Baku Higher Oil School

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Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) hosted an official opening of School of Project Management (SPM), which is jointly set up by BHOS, BP in Azerbaijan and TwentyEighty Strategy Execution company. The ceremony gathered management of the Higher School, SOCAR and BP, representatives of national universities and large international companies operating in Azerbaijan, and 26 SPM trainees. They include staff members of SOCAR, BP, Atlantic Waste Solutions, PAŞA Həyat Sığorta ASC, Pasha Holding, Gilan Tekstil Parkı, Baku City Circuit, and Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan.

Opening the ceremony, BHOS Rector Elmar Gasimov said that establishment of such an educational center, which aims at fulfilling national specialists’ potential and developing their managerial skills, is an important event for Azerbaijan. The Rector also emphasised a key role to be played by the SPM in training local managers, whose qualification would meet international requirements.

As SOCAR Vice president for HR, IT and regulations Khalik Mammadov stated, the School of Project Management was set up with the purpose of developing national scientific and educational potential of the country. Establishment of this school made it possible to initiate training of top and middle level managers capable to carry out projects for various sectors and industries, he said.

Speaking at the ceremony, Vice President for Geology and Geophysics Bahram Huseynov and Vice President for Field Development Yashar Latifov expressed their congratulations to the SPM trainees and all project participants on the start of the program and wished the students every success during their education at the School of Project Management. They emphasised that study at the SPM would be conducive to the graduates’ further successful career development.

In the words of BP communications, external affairs, strategy and Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey region Vice president Bakhtiyar Aslanbayli, the School of Project Management is the most successful initiative on training local specialists and developing their skills and knowledge in project management among similar initiatives sponsored by BP in cooperation with partner companies. In his words, the SPM has already become one of national educational institutions, which carries out activities in compliance with international standards.

Representative of the TwentyEighty Strategy Execution company, Master of Business Administration in Economics and Information Technology, trainer Didier Estibals highly praised the efforts taken by BHOS at the School of Project Management to create all necessary conditions to hold various training courses including aspects of project management, planning and budget control, risk management, quality and leadership in management. He also reported that at the initial stage, educational subjects at the SPM would be taught in English language, but in two-three years, all courses would be held by local trainers in Azerbaijani language.

The SPM program was founded in 2011 by BP and its partners in order to meet local requirements in terms of managing of projects in line with international standards. The program, technically supported by TwentyEighty Strategy Execution company in cooperation with George Washington University (USA). The academic program comprises seven modules for training of managers. Upon successful completion of the study, the trainees will be awarded master certificate from the George Washington University. Up to now, three stages of the project have been implemented and more than 300 specialists from local and international companies of public and private sectors have been trained. The fourth stage has commenced with support from the Higher Oil School. After its completion, BHOS will carry out the educational program within the project single-handedly.

18 May 2017

Students of Baku Higher Oil School take part in Microsoft Imagine Cup 2017

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Team of Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) entitled “Oilman” is participating in the regional finals of Microsoft Imagine Cup 2017, which is held from May 17 to May 19 in Kiev, Ukraine. The Imagine Cup 2017 Worldwide Finals will take place in July 2017 in Seattle, USA, where teams from many countries will contend for the main prize in an amount of US$100,000 to be awarded for successful implementation of the winning project.

The Imagine Cup is a large-scale international annual student technology competition. All competitors create projects that address the Imagine Cup theme: “Imagine a world where technology helps to solve the toughest problems.” Under the terms of the competition, the applicants wishing to participate in Microsoft Imagine Cup 2017 had to develop and implement an innovative Microsoft platform-based software project, develop a Microsoft technology-based prototype application aimed at solving complex problems of the modern time, or to create an original game based on any of Microsoft Windows gaming platforms.

The BHOS team developed an application called Jabda on the basis of Windows Azure, which is a cloud computing service. As one of the team members, the Higher School’s fourth-year Process Automation Engineering student Shamil Omarov comments, this software can be used for multiple purposes in various fields. In his words, with the help of this application, users can choose their favorite music in restaurants, cafes, shopping centers and other public places. “Users of the Jabda system can upload a special application in the places where the system is installed and then upload their favorite songs and melodies from their mobile phones to the existing collection. Moreover, these people will be able to vote for one or another track to move it up in the playlist,” said Shamil Omarov.

The Azerbaijani team also includes two more BHOS students, namely fourth-year Process Automation Engineering student Kerim Kerimov and fourth-year Petroleum Engineering student Lala Mamedova. Early in May, the team took the first place in the Azerbaijani national finals of Microsoft Imagine Cup 2017 and, as the winner, came through to the competition next stage, which is taking place in Kiev.

17 May 2017

SOCAR President visits Uzbekistan

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SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev visited the 21st Oil & Gas Uzbekistan/OGU 2017 International Exhibition and Conference in Tashkent. He attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition, familiarised himself with SOCAR exposition displayed at the exhibition, and held bilateral and multilateral meetings with officials of the leading oil companies.

SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev delivered a speech at Oil & Gas Uzbekistan/OGU 2017 International Exhibition and Conference. Speaking about the regional and global projects conducted within energy strategy, Mr. Abdullayev emphasised the role of Azerbaijan in the international energy security.

Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Gulomjon Ibragimov held a meeting with SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev. The meeting touched upon the further development of relations between the two countries, enhancing cooperation in of oil and gas sector, as well as carrying out joint oil and gas operations in Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, and third countries.

Within the visit to Uzbekistan, SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Uzbekneftegaz Alisher Sultanov signed a Memorandum of Understanding on joint development of oil and gas fields.

17 May 2017

Round Table on oil-gas cooperation held within One Belt - One Road concept in Beijing

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On May 16, a round table meeting on oil and gas cooperation within the One Belt - One Road concept was held at the headquarters of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) in Beijing. Welcoming the participants, Director of National Energy Administration of China Nur Bekri stressed the importance of the meeting. Chairman of the Board of Directors of CNPC Wang Yilin informed about the objectives of the round-table.

The meeting gathered together the heads of SOCAR, Gazprom, Rosneft, Uzbeknefteqaz, KazMunayGas, Sinopec, Silk Road Fund, China Development Bank, and other companies, as well as heads of state agencies.

During the first session, SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev delivered a speech on the theme ''Transnational main oil and gas pipelines and mutual infrastructure links“. According to him, at present, trans-national pipelines have a total length of over 5.500 km, and taking into account the facilities under construction, it will reach 9,000 km. It was noted that in case of Azerbaijan, choosing the right strategy for main oil and gas pipelines could be an engine of economic growth. Azerbaijan remains confident that transnational main oil pipelines will become a major factor of new Great Silk Road and this, in turn, will guarantee an equitable distribution of profit among hydrocarbon producers, transit countries, and consumers.

15 May 2017

Elmar Gasimov met with prospective students earning 700 points

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Rector of Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) Elmar Gasimov met with four prospective students who earned 700 points at the entrance exams in the 1st group of specialities this year, which were held by the State Examination Centre. These are the graduate from the secondary school №162 (Baku) Mahira Asadzada, graduate from the lyceum named after Zarifa Aliyeva (Baku) Elmir Akhmedov, graduate from the secondary school №220 (Baku) Khalida Aliyeva, and graduate from the secondary school of Lagich village (Ismayilli) Vahab Jebrayilov. All of them are going to become Process Automation Engineering students at the Higher School. The meeting also gathered their parents and the Higher School professors and students.

The Rector expressed his warmest congratulations to the prospective students on their remarkable achievement and excellent results of the exams. He said that he was very pleased to see that highly educated, knowledgeable, and talented young people choose BHOS to obtain higher education. Elmar Gasimov added that the prospective students attending the meeting could be an example for other secondary school graduates willing to obtain higher education in the future. He also expressed confidence that the young people would dedicate their knowledge and skills for further successful development of the country.

It should be noted that four out of five prospective students who earned 700 points at the entrance exams this year have chosen BHOS.

15 May 2017

Important documents signed on SOCAR GPC Project in Beijing

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Azerbaijani delegation takes part in the high-level international forum within ‘One Belt - One Road’ strategy started on May 14, in Beijing. The forum is attended by heads of state and government of 29 countries, as well as officials of state and private sectors, investors, and a number of international organisations of 110 countries. The forum is attended by heads of state and government of 29 countries, as well as officials of state and private sectors, investors, and a number of international organisations of 110 countries.

Azerbaijani delegation is represented by the Minister of Economy Shahin Mustafayev, SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev, Head of Azerbaijan Railways CJSC Javid Gurbanov, Chairman of the State Committee for Standardisation, Metrology and Patent Ramiz Hasanov, Director-General of Baku International Sea Trade Port Taleh Ziyadov, and other officials.

As stated, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on SOCAR GPC project was signed within the forum. The MoU was signed by SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev, Chairman of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Wang Yilin, and Head of the China Development Bank Hu Huaibang.

On May 15, SOCAR, CNPC, and Technip signed a Service Agreement on the Preliminary Detailed Design for the Gas Processing and Polyethylene Petrochemical Complex under the SOCAR GPC Project within One Belt -One Road forum.

11 May 2017

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8 May 2017

ISESCO Director General visited Baku Higher Oil School

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Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) and Secretary General of Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World of the ISESCO Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri visited the recently launched new campus of Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS). During the visit, he was familiarised with the campus and its teaching and leisure facilities. After the tour, the honourable guest met with BHOS management, professors, teachers, students and staff members. Opening the meeting, the Higher School’s Rector Elmar Gasimov provided detailed information about the BHOS new premises, which was built up to the highest international standards. He told that the opening of the BHOS new campus took place on May 1, 2017, and the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev attended the opening ceremony. At the new campus, the most modern technologies have been applied and all conditions are available to study and master knowledge.

As the rector informed, the Higher School was set up within SOCAR by a Decree of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev dated by November 29, 2011. “The main objective of BHOS establishment is training of high-qualified English speaking engineers in accordance with international educational standard who are able to participate in the large-scale projects implemented by SOCAR and in other international projects initiated for further development of the country,” he told. Having said that strengthening BHOS international relations play a key role in ensuring high quality of education at the Higher School, Elmar Gasimov spoke about close and effective long-term cooperation, which BHOS developed with many companies and organisations including the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World. The Rector also emphasised that tolerance is a longstanding tradition in Azerbaijan, which can serve as an example of a society conducive to multiculturalism, inter-religious tolerance and mutual understanding between cultures and religions.

ISESCO Director General Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri expressed his sincere gratitude to the BHOS Rector Elmar Gasimov for the invitation to visit the new campus of the Higher School. He highly praised the Azerbaijani government’s attention to the issues of education and the State support provided to the development of this sphere. He emphasised that a university includes not only modern premises and advanced equipment; teaching-academic staff is the most valuable asset of any higher educational institution. The Baku Higher Oil School can be justifiably proud of the best professors and scientists who deliver lectures and carry out research at BHOS, he said.

“The Rector Elmar Gasimov and I have reached an agreement to organise the next international conference of the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World on issues related to oil and gas sector at the new campus at the Baku Higher Oil School,” Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri informed. ISESCO Director General also told that the Higher School could attract students from many Islamic countries and assured the BHOS management that he would provide all necessary support to implement this initiative.

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