News Archive

24 October 2016

BHOS student awarded prize from Heriot-Watt University


Fifth-year student of Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) Rafael Samedov specializing in Chemical Engineering was awarded with a prize by Heriot-Watt University. He received a certificate and a cash bonus in an amount of 100-pound sterling for his excellent marks in the 2015-2016 academic year. BHOS Rector Elmar Gasimov congratulated Rafael Samedov and wished him new success in his study. He also emphasized that BHOS’ reputation should be always maintained at high level.

Despite the fact that he is still a student, Rafael Samedov assists BHOS professors in conducting laboratory practical lessons. He is the only BHOS student who was awarded twice as the best student of the Heriot-Watt University’s course on Chemical Engineering. Rafael Samedov often participates in the scientific conferences and delivers speeches. His research interests lay in the field of renewable energy sources.

20 October 2016

SOCAR hosts Lamor representatives


On October 20, SOCAR Vice President for Ecology Rafiga Huseynzadeh held a meeting with the representatives of Lamor, Finland-based company for oil spill response and environmental solutions, including Matthew Bryza, member of Board and CEO of Lamor Turkey, to discuss the issues of cooperation and joint measures for the prevention of oil spill in Azerbaijan. Rafiga Huseynzade informed the guests about the SOCAR’s projects to take immediate measures in this field. The meeting focused other environmental issues to arise within the SOCAR-Lamor cooperation. Matthew Bryza expressed gratitude to SOCAR leadership for the meeting.

Matthew Bryza was US Ambassador to Azerbaijan.

20 October 2016

Baku Higher Oil School to cooperate with Maire Tecnimont Group, Italy


Ceremony on signing of Cooperation Agreement between Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) and Maire Tecnimont Group, Italy, took place at BHOS. The signing ceremony was attended by Mr. Gianni Bardazzi, Senior Vice President Group Special Initiatives and Regions Coordination, Maire Tecnimont Group; Niccolo Heilpern, Head of Baku branch office of Kinetics Technology (KT), process engineering contractor of Maire Tecnimont; representatives of the company in Azerbaijan; BHOS professors and students. Italian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mr. Giampaolo Cutillo also participated in the ceremony.

Welcoming the guests, BHOS Rector Elmar Gasimov stressed out that signing the cooperation agreement aims at providing technical, scientific and methodological support for education and training of highly qualified specialists at BHOS. He emphasized that within the cooperation with Maire Tecnimont BHOS students would be able to participate in the internship programs offered by the company. He also noted that the agreement would envisage creation of specialized laboratories at BHOS’ new campus.

Gianni Bardazzi, Senior Vice President, Maire Tecnimont Group, and Niccolo Heilpern, Head of Baku branch office of Kinetics Technology made detailed presentation about their companies and operations with particular emphasis on the opportunities of the companies’ cooperation with BHOS in various fields.

Then the cooperation agreement between Maire Tecnimont Group and Baku Higher Oil School was signed.

Maire Tecnimont S.p.A is a leading provider of engineering and construction services, technology and licensing, energy business development and ventures worldwide, with a specific focus on the oil and gas, petrochemicals and fertilizers industries. Listed on the Milan Stock Exchange, Maire Tecnimont is a multinational and multicultural Group with about 4,900 employees presented in 30 countries with 45 operating companies and rooted in well-recognized Italian historical engineering brands. The company supplies its major clients with special technologies in construction of various profile refineries. Maire Tecnimont Group also supplies major international clients with detailed engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and start-up services for industrial plants in the oil and gas, petrochemical and fertilizer industries.

On 5 February 2016, Maire Tecnimont announced that, as a result of an international tender, its subsidiaries Tecnimont S.p.A. and Kinetics Technology S.p.A signed a contract with SOCAR POLYMER for engineering and procurement cervices and construction of a polyethylene plant. This award followed the contract signed in April 2015 for the realization of the Sumgayit polypropylene plant. Maire Tecnimont Group of companies is functioning in Azerbaijan via KT company. The company offeres its services in engineering, equipment and construction with high expertise in the hydrocarbon processing industry. It has a grand experience in sulphur recovery, gas processing, hydrogen and synthetic gas production, refinery process units and the supply of process fired heaters.

19 October 2016

BHOS and ABB signed Cooperation Agreement


A Cooperation Agreement between Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) and ABB company was signed at BHOS. Opening the signing ceremony, BHOS Rector Elmar Gasimov told about development and enhancement of BHOS cooperation with various international organizations. He said that BHOS’ new campus, which was built up to the highest modern requirements, would be equipped with laboratories and scientific centers by the companies cooperating with BHOS. Rector also informed that every year BHOS students undertake internships at those companies, including SOCAR’s facilities. Elmar Gasimov emphasized that constantly expanding cooperation between BHOS and many international and national companies operating in the oil and gas sector, chemical industry and automation engineering not only helps to educate BHOS students as high-qualified professionals, but also plays an instrumental role in their future recruitment and career development. Having expressed his satisfaction with the meeting at BHOS, Head of ABB representative office in Azerbaijan Rustam Gasimov pointed out that close partnership relations between the company and BHOS are successfully developing. Then the Cooperation Agreement between the Baku Higher Oil School and ABB company was signed. Philipp Stalder, Ambassador of Switzerland to the Azerbaijan Republic, and Martin Grady, General Manager, Oil, Gas and Petrochemical, ABB, also participated in the Cooperation Agreement signing ceremony.

ABB was established in 1988 and is headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland. It is operating mainly in robotics and the power and automation technology areas. ABB has operations in around 100 countries, with approximately 145,000 employees.

19 October 2016

SOCAR Tower wins ENR’s 2016 Global Best Project reward


The winners of the Engineering News Record’s (ENR) 4th annual Global Best Projects competition rewarded on October 11, 2016 at a solemn ceremony in New York. SOCAR Tower won the Global Best Project reward in Office nomination. The contest joins ENR’s successful regional and national U.S. competitions in identifying and honoring the project teams behind outstanding design and construction efforts of the past year. Industry veterans selected 23 projects hailing from 15 different countries and five continents as outstanding examples of the risks and rewards - and the hurdles overcome - of designing and building internationally. The judges looked at projects in many markets and examined safety performance, innovations, challenges, and design and construction quality - with a special emphasis on the diversity of global project teams and their collaboration. They also considered how the project benefits the local community and/or the construction industry. The panel selected Global Best Project winners in a variety of categories. They also had the option of choosing Award of Merit honorees. All of the winning projects were spotlighted in more detail in the September 19 issue of ENR. SOCAR Tower’s designing work based on the concept of “wind and fire” by Korea’s Heerim Architects & Planners Co. LTD The five-year construction work created one of the most beautiful architectures in Baku. The building meets all contemporary international standards and security requirements. It has unified system of security and technical measures.

12 October 2016

BHOS Rector met with Presidential Scholars


A meeting with 17 students who were admitted to the Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) this year with high grades and granted with Presidential scholarship was held at BHOS. Opening the meeting, Rector of BHOS Elmar Gasimov congratulated the students. He said that that it is a remarkable achievement and a great honor to be among those listed in the Order of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev on Granting the Presidential Scholarship to Students Admitted to Higher Educational Institutions in academic year 2015/2016, as of September 14, 2015. Elmar Gasimov wished all those granted with the Presidential scholarship continued success in their future activities. He emphasized that BHOS management take all necessary steps to provide constant support to all students to help them attain new achievement in their study, work and life. The Rector wished the students to be persistent in pursuing new knowledge and skills and try hard to achieve success in their studies. There were in total 25 students who were admitted to the higher schools in the First Group specialty with marks between 685 and 700 points and awarded with the Presidential Scholarship and 17 of them chose BHOS. Only two persons admitted to higher educational facilities in the First Group specialty managed to gain 700 points and both of them selected to study at BHOS.

11 October 2016

SOCAR President addresses 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul


The 23rd World Energy Congress is held in Istanbul on October 9-13, 2016. President Ilham Aliyev of the Republic of Azerbaijan, President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation, President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela attended the opening ceremony at the invitation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Congress hosted by the World Energy Council of more than 100 countries and 3 000 organizations brought together the countries rich with energy resources to better understand energy issues and solutions from a global perspective. The main theme for Congress “Embracing New Frontiers” promises an innovative concept and content. The 23rd World Energy Congress enables dialogue to seek options for delivering sustainable energy systems on national, regional and global levels.

Rovnag Abdullayev, President of SOCAR addressed the Congress. He said strengthening international cooperation, sustainable economic growth and technological innovations needed short-, mid- and long-term visions. SOCAR’s activity is not limited with oil and gas projects only, it works on energy alternatives promoting the wind energy engineering project and also carried out large-scale shipping and logistics projects. Emphasizing SOCAR as the largest foreign investor in Turkey, he spoke about the STAR refinery project there, as well as TANAP and TAP, Shah Deniz projects within the Southern Gas Corridor which will meet growing natural gas demands of Turkey and European countries in next decades. Mr. Abdullayev said corporative management, technological development, innovations were essential for the energy companies.

11 October 2016

SOCAR and OMV Petrol Ofisi agreed on Aliağa Terminal


A group of international investors led by SOCAR, the largest direct foreign investor in Turkey, has reached an agreement with OMV Aktiengesellschaft to acquire the Aliağa Storage Facilities owned by OMV Petrol Ofisi A.Ş. These facilities will be used for storage and also serve as shipping points for STAR Refinery, which broke ground in 2012 and will become fully operational by 2018, while the acquisition is a stage in the previously planned logistics strategy of the refinery project. Aliağa Terminal has a storage capacity of 200,000 cubic meters of oil and 45,000 cubic meters of LPG. The acquisition, which is expected to further enhance the effectiveness of the STAR Refinery operations currently under way at Petkim Peninsula, will increase SOCAR’s storage capabilities in the region and improve cooperation with distribution companies using the same facility. SOCAR Turkey CEO Zaur Gahramanov said there were possibilities of increasing the capacity up to 700,000 cubic meters and LPG storage facilities too can be increased. Adding that the STAR Refinery project is progressing at full speed and expected to become fully operational by 2018, Gahramanov said that the acquisition process is carried out in partnership with international investors.

As part of the long-term storage deal and for the duration of the agreement, OMV Petrol Ofisi A.Ş. will continue to use the oil and LPG tanks in Aliağa. The deal will also provide OMV Petrol Ofisi A.Ş. with the rights to use the terminal for imports and shipping. Closing of the transaction is subject to certain conditions including approval by competition authorities and is expected by year-end 2016.

10 October 2016

BHOS students awarded certificates


Students of the Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) who successfully completed summer internship at SOCAR-AQŞ were awarded certificates from the company. Speaking at the awarding ceremony, BHOS Rector Elmar Gasimov said that such on-the-job training plays an important role in practical usage of knowledge gained by the students at lessons and in their further professional development. He noted that during the internship the students had a rare opportunity to learn first-hand about drilling industry and engineering in Azerbaijan, modern technology and equipment used in the drilling industry, and management, monitoring and inspection systems and processes. Elmar Gasimov expressed his deep gratitude to the SOCAR- AQŞ management for creating favorable conditions for effective internship of the BHOS students.

Speaking at the meeting, SOCAR-AQŞ’s Director General Ramin Isayev reported that he met with the students during their internship and they were informed about details of the program in advance. He also expressed his satisfaction with their enthusiastic and responsible approach to their duties during the two-month on-the-job training and told about their active participation in the group discussions and presentations.

In total, 425 students from Baku universities applied for participation in the summer internship at SOCAR-AQŞ this year. 109 persons were selected for participation in the competition, and only 17 of them received an opportunity to undertake internship at SOCAR-AQŞ. Three of them are BHOS students: two are Chemical Engineering students and one person is Petroleum Engineering student.

6 October 2016

“Connecting to Alternative Future” project at Baku Higher Oil School completed


A project entitled “Connecting to Alternative Future” implemented at the Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) is completed. It was conducted with financial support from the Youth Foundation of Azerbaijan under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan in partnership with the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, the State Agency for Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources of the Azerbaijan Republic and the Information Systems and Technologies Centre “Multimedia”. Organizational support was provided by BHOS.

BHOS Vice-Rector for Training, Science and International Relations Ramiz Humbatov and Head of the Postgraduate Education Department Rena Mustafayeva participated in a meeting held at BHOS and dedicated to the project completion. Students and journalists participating in the project were awarded certificates.

On a third day of the project implementation the participants visited solar electric station located in the Surakhan settlement. It is established and managed by The State Agency for Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources of the Azerbaijan Republic. The specialists working at the station provided the guests with general information about electric energy produced by solar panels and told them about the station work and projects to be implemented in the future.

The “Connecting to Alternative Future” project was aimed at facilitating decision-making process for transition to new economics, studying experience and potential of Azerbaijani youth for future developments and raising civil society’s awareness of nanotechnology and alternative energy sources by highlighting these topics in the press including publishing research articles.