A workshop on methods to maintain equipment used for petroleum analysis was conducted at Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS).
It was held at the initiative of BİOLAB company (Turkey) for BHOS’ administration, academic teaching staff and students. Chief Executive Office of BİOLAB Ltd. Sinan Vasfi, Head of the company Representative Office in Azerbaijan Bakhtiyar Mammedzadeh, BIOLAB Ltd. Sales Manager in Azerbaijan Kenan Atakishiyev, as well as officials and specialists of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Azerbaijan Republic, SOCAR, BP and other companies.
Opening the workshop, the BHOS Rector Elmar Gasimov welcomed the guests and told them about BHOS’ work, prospects successes in its activities. He also emphasized the importance of the students’ involvement in internship, on-the-job-training and scientific activities. The rector informed that 17 first-years students at BHOS are Presidential Scholars. “This is a great achievement for our students,” he said. Elmar Gasimov also told about effective cooperation of the Higher School with international companies.
Speaking about BIOLAB, the Chief Executive Officer of the company informed that BIOLAB has 30-year experience in procurement, commissioning, installation and maintenance of the equipment for analysis of oil and oil products, and conducting trainings in this field. The company is headquartered in Ankara and supplies necessary laboratory equipment BP, Shell, Exxon, Turpash and other companies. “One sphere of our activities is holding discussions and consultations about systems for maintenance of the equipment for oil and oil products’ analysis for youth education and industry development,” he said.
At the meeting, a Cooperation Agreement between BHOS and BIOLAB company was signed. According to the agreement, BIOLAB will provide opportunities for BHOS students’ internships and on-the-job and professional development training courses within the Higher School’s Lifelong Learning program. The company shall also work with BHOS in organizing research and practical conferences, workshops and lectures. In addition, the agreement stipulates joint usage of library and information resources of two organizations by both BIOLAB employees and BHOS’ teachers and students.
The workshop participants received detailed information about main methods and technologies used for oil analysis and their advantages for production companies and facilities. They were also informed that it is very important to conduct oil quality monitoring and use modern equipment for oil elements’ analysis. At the end of the meeting, the company representatives answered questions asked by the workshop participants.
On December 8, SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev received the delegation of Itochu Corporation led by member of Board of Directors, General Executive Director Masahiro Imai.
Welcoming the guests, Mr. Abdullayev marked role of Itochu Corporation, together with other partners, in success of oil and gas projects of regional and global importance implemented in Azerbaijan. He brought to attention that Itochu is one of the first international companies participating in regional large-scale oil and gas projects carried out by Azerbaijan.
Expressing gratitude to SOCAR President for warm reception, the head of Itochu delegation noted that cooperation between SOCAR and Itochu spans over more than 20-year period, and they are partners in a number of international oil and non-oil projects, including Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) and Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC). He expressed satisfaction on pace of works within mentioned projects and told that the company represented by him is keen to expand cooperation with SOCAR.
Revealing his satisfaction on long-term efficient operation of Japanese company in Azerbaijan, SOCAR president expressed his confidence in further success of joint projects. He talked about active role of Itochu in construction of STAR Refinery built by SOCAR in Turkey and funding by Japanese banks, and underlined prospective opportunities to develop cooperation with Japanese companies.
Mr. Imai noted that they are satisfied with circumstances established in Azerbaijan for their operations.
The sides held comprehensive exchange of views on important issues.
Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) is undergoing an assessment of BHOS compliance with international standards, which is conducted by auditors from Turkish Standard Institution (TSE).
Prior to the assessment, a meeting of the Higher School management and academic teaching staff with TSE Representative in Azerbaijan Selim Chelebi and TSE Chief Auditor Volkan Jagin was arranged. Head of the Education, Training and Certification Department of SOCAR Fuad Suleymanov also participated in the event.
Speaking at meeting, BHOS Rector Elmar Gasimov said that currently Baku Higher Oil School applies three international ISO standards and the BHOS management intends to apply more ISO standards. He emphasised that appliance of the ISO standards contributed to the Higher School development. Rector Elmar Gasimov requested the TSE auditors to conduct a thorough and detailed inspection of all BHOS departments and wished them success in their work.
Representative of TSE in Azerbaijan Selim Chelebi reported that BHOS is a leader among national higher education institutions in terms of compliance with ISO standards. He expressed confidence that Baku Higher Oil School would successfully apply more ISO standards. Selim Chelebi emphasised that cooperation between BHOS and TSE would be mutually beneficial.
Baku Higher Oil School is the first and the only higher educational institution in Azerbaijan, which has received ISO certification on three standards, namely ISO 9001 - Quality Management Systems, ISO 14001 - Environmental Management Systems, and OHSAS 18001 - Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. In December 2014, auditors of the Turkish Standards Institution made an assessment of all BHOS departments and confirmed their compliance with these ISO standards.
Delegation of Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) led by the Rector Elmar Gasimov paid a visit to Abu Dhabi and Dubai in United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the purpose to discuss further development of the bilateral cooperation with management of Heriot-Watt University (HWU) and with the purpose to discuss prospects of cooperation with Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi.
Wide range of questions related to strategic directions for cooperation between two higher educational institutions were discussed at the meeting of BHOS delegation with HWU Principal and Vice-Chancellor Prof. Richard Williams and University senior officials. At the meeting, special attention was paid to development of cooperation for implementation of Master degree programs. The parties also signed an amendment agreement to the existing Agreement between BHOS and HWU on Bachelor degree programs.
While in Dubai, the Rector Elmar Gasimov and members of the BHOS delegation attended a graduation ceremony at HWU campus, met with representatives of the university teaching academic staff and visited education facilities, auditoriums, schoolrooms and laboratories of the Heriot-Watt University.
During the trip to Abu Dhabi, the BHOS delegation met with the President of the Petroleum Institute Dr. Thomas Hochstettler and the Institute representatives. At the meeting, ways and spheres of potential cooperation were discussed and a verbal agreement for study of BHOS graduates at the Petroleum Institute was reached. Under the agreement, graduates of the Baku Higher Oil School will have an opportunity to do a Master's degree at the Institute free of charge. The guests from Azerbaijan also received information about teaching process at the Petroleum Institute and visited the Institute laboratories.
SOCAR paid AZN 116 million 193 thousand to the State Budget for November of the current year. For January-November 2016, SOCAR transferred AZN 1 billion 266 million 365 thousand to the State Budget.
Besides, the Company’s payment to the State Social Protection Fund amounted AZN 12 million 381 thousand in November which is AZN 1 million 192 thousand (110,7%) more compared to the same period of 2015. As a whole, the January-November payments to State Social Protection Fund totaled AZN 131 million 751 thousand which is AZN 5 million 141 thousand (104,1%) more compared to the same period of 2015.
2 million 072 thousand 571 tons of Azerbaijani oil were transported via BTC main export pipeline in November 2016.
26 mln 476 thousand 233 tons of oil were exported from Ceyhan Port in January-November. In general, 319 million 151 thousand 612 tons of oil have been pumped to BTC since the start of pipeline exploitation until December 1, 2016.
In addition, overall 344 thousand 987 tons of Turkmen oil were pumped via BTC in November 2016.
2 mln 345 thousand 740 tons of Azerbaijani oil were delivered from Ceyhan Port to the world market in November 2016.
(1 mln 528 thousand 526 tons of this volume were the oil of the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan Republic). 26 mln 753 thousand 098 tons of oil were exported from Ceyhan Port in January-November.
In general, 317 mln 946 thousand 870 tons of Azerbaijani oil have been exported from Ceyhan Port to the world market since the start of BTC exploitation until December 1, 2016.
Tokyo and Yokohama hosted Techno forum 2016 organised by Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) from November 27 to December 3.
Azerbaijani Embassy in Japan, SOCAR, and SOCAR Upstream were represented at the conference, attended by Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Waseda University, Chioda Corporation, JOGMEC, Inpex, Itochu, Total, Gazprom, representatives of other public and private organisations. SOCAR Vice-President for Field Development Yashar Latifov delivered a speech and said that Azerbaijan is a pioneer of both land-based and offshore oil production. He spoke about perspective methods to increase oil recovery coefficient, especially works done towards increasing oil recovery coefficient in highly saturated oil reservoirs through intensification of exploration of land-based fields. He also noted achievements of Azerbaijan and positive investment climate in the country. Modern technologies used in Azerbaijani section of Caspian Sea and video materials dedicated to the “Contract of the Century” were presented at the conference.
Within the conference, SOCAR delegation held bilateral meetings with president of Inpex Toshiaki Kitamura, professor of Waseda University Kurihara, president of Itochu Masahiro Imai and top managers of other companies. Future cooperation, including lectures by professors of Waseda University in Baku Higher Oil School, practical trainings for four SOCAR specialists in Japan were also discussed. SOCAR delegation also visited JAMSTEC in Yokohama and met with executive director of this institution Vataru Azuma and other officials. At the meeting held in Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry of Japan the sides talked over cooperation, funding of projects, which interested Japanese participants, as well as possibility of holding techno-forum in Azerbaijan for participants of regional market.
Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) hosted National Erasmus+ Information Day for the first time. It was held jointly with National Erasmus+ Office in Azerbaijan for representatives of Azerbaijani higher educational institutions.
Representatives of the Ministry of Education of the Azerbaijan Republic, SOCAR, British Council in Azerbaijan, Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Azerbaijan and a number of other diplomatic missions in the country also attended the event. Senior officials, teachers and representatives of youth student organisations from leading universities of the country participated in the Information Day.
Opening the Information Day, BHOS Rector Elmar Gasimov emphasised importance of such events for further development of higher education in the country and international cooperation of Azerbaijani universities with educational institutions and organisations of the Member states of the European Union. He also said that it is necessary to use effectively the opportunities offered by Erasmus+ and other EU programs aimed at support of education. Elmar Gasimov told that Azerbaijani Universities have participated in the EU educational program including TACIS/Tempus projects, since 1995. He also informed that within the Erasmus+ program BHOS signed a cooperation agreement with Piraeus Technology University (Greece) this year. He wished the Information Day participants effective and successful work.
Head of the Operation Section of the EU delegation to Azerbaijan Jeroen Willems thanked the management of the Higher School for the opportunity to conduct the National Erasmus+ Information Day at BHOS premises. He also briefed the Information Day participants about main principles of the European Union policy in the field of support to higher education in Azerbaijan. Jeroen Willems said: “Working closely with the Ministry of Education and universities in Azerbaijan, we intend to help the country to implement reforms in the sphere of higher and vocational education. To achieve this goal, we use various means including investments and grants.”
The event also highlighted basic features of the Erasmus+ program and Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE) third call for Proposals. Discussion of the reports and speeches were followed by the questions and answers session.
Library of Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) received book collection from BP office in Azerbaijan. It includes textbooks on mathematics, petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, English language grammar, and fiction and reference literature.
Financial aid, generous donations and professional and development assistance provided to BHOS by BP and other companies are instrumental in BHOS library functioning as a scientific, education and cultural center of the Higher School.
The BHOS Executive Management highly appreciates BP contribution towards development of the Higher School library book collection during celebration of BHOS fifth anniversary and expresses their deep gratitude to BP office in Azerbaijan for the donation.