On September 22, SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev, BP Regional President for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey Gordon Birrell visited the ATA (AMEC/Tekfen/Azfen) construction yard and saw the processes within the “Shahdeniz-2” project.
They were informed that the implementation of these projects has continued successfully. The project is now over 82 percent complete in terms of engineering, procurement and construction and remains on target for first gas from SD2 in 2018. Ten production wells have already been drilled using the Heydar Aliyev and İstiqlal drilling rigs in preparation for the first gas from the SD-2 and subsequent production ramp up. Project activities continue at ATA (AMEC/Tekfen/Azfen) yard and Baku Deepwater Jackets Factory and along the pipeline route. In May 2016, the subsea construction vessel “Khankendi”, specifically designed and built to install the subsea structures of the SD-2 gas development project, was re-floated into the Caspian Sea. For the first time in the history of Azerbaijan’s world-class construction sites, the construction of the SD-2 platforms are being undertaken 100 percent in the country. The two topside units are currently being built at the Azfen construction yard in Bibi-Heybat by the ATA consortium. The topside units are on track for offshore installation during the summer of 2017. To date the construction of two topside units is 93 percent complete - the living quarters and utilities platform deck - 98 percent and the production and risers platform deck - 91 percent. Commissioning activities started in March 2016 and currently over 40 percent complete. South Caucasus Pipeline Expansion activities continue on schedule and overall 45 percent of the construction scope already completed.
One of the key benefits of the projects is to create thousands of local jobs during the construction phase. To date, over 24 000 people have been involved in construction activities across all main contracts in Azerbaijan and over 80% of them are Azerbaijani nationals.
Rovnag Abdullayev and Gordon Birrell positively valued the construction work done within the “Shah Deniz -2” project and wished success to the constructors.
Seventeen students out of newly admitted ones to Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS), being the first higher school in the ranking table of universities of Azerbaijan for the academic year 2016/2017, with 685-700 points have been announced the winners of the Presidential scholarship. In general, from 25 students admitted to the higher schools this year and those who won the Presidential scholarship 17 ones selected BHOS.
It should be underscored that in academic year 2016/2017 11 students from ADA university, 10 students from Baku State University, 9 students from Caucasus University, 6 students from Baku State Economy University, 2 students from Azerbaijan State University of Oil and Industry, one student from Azerbaijan Architecture and Construction University became the winners of the Presidential scholarship.
The average point of BHOS related to the admittance to the higher schools in academic year 2016/2017 was 667 points, maximum outcome made up 700 points. Two students who scored 700 points during the examination held for admittance to the higher schools for the first specialization group selected BHOS. Three scored 695, six - 690, one - 686 and five - 685 points.
Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) held a ceremonious event on the occasion of the start of academic year 2016/2017.
Rovnag Abdullayev, the President of SOCAR, Gordon Birrell, BP Regional President for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, Dr. Carole Crofts, the UK Ambassador to Azerbaijan, as well as vise-presidents and managerial staff of SOCAR, the directors of various national and international companies attended the ceremony together with the BHOS faculty, students and their parents. Before the opening, the guests paid tribute to the memory of National Leader Heydar Aliyev laying flowers at his bust located in the school building.
Opening the ceremony Elmar Gasimov, Rector of BHOS welcomed the guests and expressed his honor of meeting them at the ceremony. He extended his wishes of congratulation to the students admitted to BHOS with high scores, as well as to their parents on the occasion of the beginning of the new academic year. Briefing on the achievements and implemented activities within a short period of time, as well as the perspectives, the Rector said that this academic year the average entrance score to BHOS in specialization group No.1 constituted a total of 667 points. He also underlined that two students with the maximum entrance score of 700 points selected BHOS. Emphasizing the decree on establishment of BHOS issued by Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Rector Gasimov said that the higher school was a model demonstrating the realization of the motto “We have to transform our oil capital to the development of human resources” in practice. The Rector also extended his sincere congratulations to all Azerbaijani oil workers on the occasion of the forthcoming National Oil Workers Day celebrated on September 20th and expressed his strong belief in further contributions to this sector by the BHOS students. He also said that a total of 18 students admitted to BHOS this academic year had been awarded the Presidential Scholarship.
SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev congratulated the BHOS staff, students and their parents on the occasion of the beginning of the new academic year. He said that within a short time a wide range of measures have been implemented to ensure the development of the infrastructure and highly qualified human resources of the school established according to the Presidential decree, which resulted in great success. Mr. Abdullayev expressed his strong belief in continuation and further expansion of these activities in academic year 2016/2017, while calling the students to take a more active part in this process. He congratulated the freshmen and their parents.
Then the BP Regional President Gordon Birrell took the floor and extended his pleasure of the existing relations and partnership between BP and BHOS. He highly appreciated the school’s role in development of highly qualified young specialists saying that annually the BHOS students successfully participate in various projects implemented by BP. He added that BHOS was the most active higher education institution collaborating with BP and congratulated the students wishing them success in their further studies.
Later, Ravan Nazaraliyev, a freshman admitted to the Process Automation Engineering programme scoring the maximum 700 points, took the floor and expressed his joy and honor of joining the BHOS students. He said he used to dream a lot of being able to be admitted to this school and was very glad that his wish came true. He expressed his gratitude to President Ilham Aliyev for the opportunities created at BHOS with the view of ensuring high quality education.
Other students and their parents also expressed gratitude for the provided opportunities and successful educational reforms thanking the management of SOCAR and BHOS.
At the end of the ceremony the guests presented the newly admitted students their student cards and notebooks on behalf of SOCAR.
Students of Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) realized ‘Intellectual Visit’ organized by Intellectual Game Club of BHOS as well as REDUCO Education Center dedicated to ‘Oilmen’s Day’ celebrated September 20.
Project was realized in Nij village of Qabala. In the frames of the project intellectual game ‘What?’ ‘Where?’ ‘When?’, 3x3 format ‘Rubic Cup’ competition organized by Azerbaijan Cup Association, ‘Darts Game’ and other games involving students were held. Afterwards the winners were defined and presents were granted.
According to the outcomes, ‘Trump’s Team’ became the winner of the intellectual game ‘What?’ ‘Where?’ ‘When?’, the winners of ‘Rubic Cup’ were Nijat Ismayilov (first place), Ibrahim Sharifov (second place) and Vuqar Hasanov (third place). As for the ‘Darts Game’, Elmir Abilov, Elchin Allahverdili and Hajali Bayram became the winners of this competition.
Elshan Mikayilov, third year student of Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) from process automation engineering specialization won ‘Techno Fest 2016’ project presentation contest organized by BP company, on August 18, during summer internship.
He was selected out of 29 people involved. Having successfully presented his software renewal project on ‘Bridge Racking Crane Grip Guide İnterlock’ Elshan Mikayilov became the winner of the contest. This summer 17 students of BHOS took internship at BP.
After finishing school in 2013 Elshan scored 682 points during the entrance examination and he was admitted to study in process automation engineering programme at BHOS. He also won Presidential scholarship. Elshan has always been active in intellectual contests, workshops and training ever held at the higher school. As a member of ‘Moon Walkers’ team he became the runner-up of ‘First Robotics Contest’ held in 2016 at BHOS.
It should be reminded that last year BHOS fourth year student from petroleum engineering Fidan Salimzade while taking internship at BP between September 2-10 got involved in ‘Texno Fest 2015’ contest and won the first place.
BP’s annual ‘Texno Fest’ contest is a global one supporting innovation related ideas in the technical field. BP annually organizes ‘Texno Fest’ contest for everyone willing to work for BP and take internship at the company including students. Every year young engineers enjoy the opportunity to make their presentations sharing their experience and outcomes.
On September 3, SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev visited Georgia and together with the Georgian Energy Minister Kakha Kaladze attended the opening of new gas distributing network with 259 subscribers in Gyrkhily village of Marneuli municipality, densely populated by Azerbaijanis. It was informed that nearby Kvemo Kulari village with 137 potential subscribers will also join the network soon. SOCAR president learned that so far new gas lines of 1027 km have been constructed for gasification of 26837 users in Kvemo Kartli region densely-populated by Azerbaijanis, and by the end of the year the gas lines will be extended 158 km to supply 3500 subscribers more. SOCAR Georgia Gas has constructed 5360-km gas lines so far to supply 209136 users and plans to complete construction of 1600-km gas lines for 40000 potential subscribers by the end of 2016. SOCAR president and Georgian minister visited Marneuli city too. During the meeting with the local residents, it was reminded that President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev donated 10 field-engines to the region this year to support the development of agriculture here. Today, 8 different “Belarus” field-engines and their aggregates have been delivered to the Georgian government.