Baku Higher Oil School hosted a delegation from Tatneft company, Altemyevsk State Petroleum Institute, Tatneft corporate university and PricewaterhouseCoopers Company (PwC) of the Republic of Tatarstan.
The visit was arranged with the purpose to learn about BHOS academic programs, infrastructure and conditions at the Higher School new campus, BHOS cooperation with Heriot-Watt University (Great Britain) and other universities and transnational companies, achievements attained by the Higher School in developing the academic teaching staff potential, conducting research work, attracting talented youth to study at BHOS and providing job opportunities to the graduates.
BHOS Rector Elmar Gasimov warmly welcomed the guests and informed them about the history and development of the Higher School, achievements attained in five years after its opening, academic and internship programs aimed at training of highly qualified engineers. The rector also informed the guests about students’ on-the-job training at SOCAR, national and transnational oil and gas companies as well as about first graduation ceremony recently held at the Higher School. Then a presentation about BHOS activities was delivered.
General Director Deputy on Human Resources (HR) and Social Development of Tatneft company Rustam Mykhamadeyev said that members of the delegation from Tatarstan were very pleased to visit BHOS, which is the leading higher educational institution in Azerbaijan. Speaking about long-term partnership relations between Azerbaijan and Tatarstan, he emphasized the importance of further developing cooperation in the field of science and education.
Acting Rector of Almetyevsk State Oil Institute Robert Nurgaliyev said their team was working with Tatneft managers and consultants from PwC company on the development strategy of the institute.
The meeting participants discussed prospects of developing cooperation of the Higher School with Tatneft company and Almetyevsk State Oil Institute. The guests also visited BHOS new campus where they were shown its infrastructure, conditions created for the students, and facilities including classrooms, accommodation, sports, recreation and leisure facilities.
Baku Higher Oil School’s third and fourth-year students of Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering and Process Automation Engineering departments undertake two-month summer internship at SOCAR Turkey facilities and organizations.
20 students were chosen for participation in the company internship program. Sixteen students do on-the-job training at Petkim company, two students undertake internship at STAR Refinery, and two students have summer internship at SOCAR Turkey. The undergraduates have an opportunity to become acquainted with the companies’ structure, projects and daily operations. They visit production facilities, constriction sites and fabrication yards, and familiarize themselves with ongoing construction, installation and commissioning works. The interns will also learn about advanced technologies and modern equipment used by the companies, their Health, Safety and Environment policy and procedures, and measures on quality assurance and control.
The summer on-the-job training arranged for BHOS students every year aims to help future engineers to strengthen their theoretical knowledge, obtain industry experience and new practical skills, and learn more about activities and projects carried out by transnational oil and gas companies.
SOCAR has opened another filling station in Romania. The new station is situated in the county of Timiş, the main highway connecting Romania and Hungary. So far, the number of filling stations operated by SOCAR has reached 38.
Three fuel dispensers have been installed in the station, which will simultaneously serve 4 small vehicles and 2 large-capacity trucks The station supplies NANO 95, NANO 98, NANO Diesel and NANO Super Diesel. It has facilities and charging stations to serve electric vehicles and NGVs. It should be mentioned that SOCAR stations are the first to fuel electric vehicles in Romania.
The station has a café with 24/7 free WI-FI as well. Currently, SOCAR has a network of 38 gas stations in Botoşani, Suceava, Neamţ, Iaşi, Bihor, Bistriţa, Buzău, Bacău, Brasov Vrancea, Timiş, Ilfov, Cluj, Vâlcea, Arad, Sibiu, Argeş, Bucharest, and Brasov.
The 22nd World Petroleum Congress kicked off on July 9 in Istanbul. The forum, gathering heads of state and government, energy ministers, top management of the world's leading oil and gas companies, as well as important experts, addresses the challenges facing the future of global energy supply.
The formal opening of the congress was attended by Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Berat Albayrak, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and other officials. The participants highlighted the importance of the World Petroleum Congress and emphasised that the 22nd Congress, held in Turkey, had been professionally organised. The Congress, which plays a role of a platform for open dialogue between the producer and consumer countries, will focus on the exploration works on oil and gas fields, processing of hydrocarbon resources, transportation of finished goods, their safe delivery to consumers, and other important issues.
The first plenary session, held on July 10, was attended by energy ministers of some countries and heads of oil and gas companies. SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev spoke at the session. As stated by Mr. Abdullayev, Azerbaijan is an ancient oil country, and that the first practices, playing an important role in the world's oil and gas industry, have been implemented in our country. Rovnag Abdullayev said that foreign investors invested in our country as a result of the exceptional efforts of national leader Heydar Aliyev in the 90s of the last century following the signing of the ''Contract of the Century'' with the leading oil companies and thus, laying the foundation for a new energy strategy in Azerbaijan. The president of SOCAR gave detailed information to the participants on the large-scale projects and gained achievements during the past period, and spoke about perspective plans. It was mentioned that the Phase-2 of the Shah Deniz field development would play an important role in the energy security of Turkey and Europe within the Southern Gas Corridor project. Rovnag Abdullayev spoke about the projects implemented by SOCAR in Turkey and said the company will continue large-scale investment projects for the benefit of two brotherly nations.
The Congress will last until July 13. The World Petroleum Congress, founded in 1933 in London, gathers 70 countries and greatly contributes to the world's energy security. Turkey hosts the World Petroleum Congress for the first time.
On July 7, Rovnag Abdullayev, President of SOCAR has met with Chinese delegation led by Wang Yilin, Chairman of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).
After cordial greeting, Rovnag Abdullayev spoke about the successful cooperation between SOCAR and CNPC and its contribution to the development of intergovernmental relations. The importance of Silk Road summits held within the framework of One Belt One Road initiative launched by President of China Xi Jinping and Azerbaijan’s contribution to this initiative were in the focus of attention during the meeting. Azerbaijan welcomes Chinese investors and companies involved in SOCAR GPC project.
Wang Yilin, Chairman of CNPC, said the leaders of China and Azerbaijan gave importance to the development of economic relations between the two countries and deepening of SOCAR-CNPC cooperation would play significant role in this field. He said CNPC was interested in its cooperation with SOCAR and using its unique technologies in the projects carried out in Azerbaijan would serve effective realization of natural resources of the country. Wang Yilin said GPC memorandum signed between SOCAR and CNPC gave an impetus to the development of this project and his government considered it important one.
Then participants of the meeting watched GPC presentation. SOCAR president said it was necessary to develop the cooperation within this project and SOCAR would offer its cooperation in the fields interested the Chinese company. He also spoke about the investment opportunities in the country.
SOCAR and CNPC officials discussed other issues of mutual interest.
SOCAR (excluding Joint Ventures and Operating Companies) conducted 10450 meters of drilling works in June 2017.
Of this amount, development drilling made up 10111 metres, and exploration drilling - 339 metres. In general, during January-June 2017, SOCAR (excluding Joint Ventures and Operating Companies) carried out 73789 meters of drilling works including 68007 meters - development drilling and 5782 - exploration drilling.
Drilling of eight wells were completed in June, and 38 new wells were put into operation after the construction since the start of the year.
2 212 764 tons of Azerbaijani oil were transported via BTC main export pipeline in June 2017. 13 174 287 tons of oil were transported via this pipeline in January-June. In general, 334 million 712 thousands 349 tons of oil have been pumped to BTC since the start of pipeline exploitation until July 1, 2017. In addition, overall 564 thousands 548 tons of Turkmen oil were pumped via BTC in June 2017.
2 015 thousands 323 tons of Azerbaijani oil were delivered from Ceyhan Port to the world market in June 2017. (1 429 thousands 248 tons of this volume were the oil of the State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan). 12 290 851 tons of oil were exported from Ceyhan in January-June this year. In general, 332 mln 125 thousands 450 tons of Azerbaijani oil have been exported from Ceyhan Port to the world market since the start of BTC exploitation until July 1, 2017.
A meeting with graduates of Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) selected for work at STAR Refinery of SOCAR Turkey company and BHOS students undertaking on-the-job training at SOCAR facilities in Turkey was held at BHOS. In total, 29 graduates and 20 students will be going soon to Turkey to work or have summer internship respectively.
The event gathered BHOS Rector Elmar Gasimov, SOCAR Vice president for HR, IT and regulations Khalik Mammadov, the company Vice president for strategic development Tofig Gahramanov, Vice president for refinery David Mammadov, Vice president of Azerbaijani National Academy of Sciences, Chairperson of the National Assembly’s Commission on Science and Education Isa Habibbeyli, Ambassador of Turkey to Azerbaijan Erkan Ozoral. BP Vice president for communications, external affairs, strategy in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey region Bakhtiyar Aslanbayli, Director of Petrochemical Processes Institute, academician Vagif Abbasov, Director General of SOCAR Turkey Enerji A. Ş. company Zaur Gakhramanov, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection of Population of Azerbaijan Metin Kerimli also attended the event. SOCAR Turkey representatives also included Head of SOCAR Turkey Human Resources (HR) department Dinar Mammadova, Manager of STAR Refinery’s Talent Acquisition and Talent Management department Anar Suleymanov, and staff members of SOCAR Turkey HR department Ozay Unsal, Serda Okumush, Leyla Akhundzadeh and Bahruz Babayev. BHOS professors and teachers as well as students’ parents participated in the meeting, too.
Welcoming the guests, the Rector Elmar Gasimov expressed his congratulations to BHOS graduates on beginning of their professional career and wished them every success. He told that BHOS established close cooperation with large international oil and gas companies, and spoke about internship and training programs implemented within this partnership. Talking about cooperation between the Higher School and SOCAR, Elmar Gasimov informed that on-the-job training of BHOS students is regularly organised at the company facilities including SOCAR Turkey and Petkim companies. The Rector expressed his gratitude to SOCAR management for providing the internship and employment programs. “This project is one of the good examples of friendly ties between Azerbaijan and Turkey. I am proud that BHOS graduates will work at one of the most prestigious companies in the region,” he said.
Chairperson of the National Assembly’s Commission on Science and Education Isa Habibbeyli expressed his congratulations to BHOS graduates and highly praised successes of the Higher School in training Azerbaijani engineers of international level with good knowledge of English language. SOCAR Vice presidents Khalik Mammadov, Tofig Gahramanov and David Mammadov, and BP Vice president Bakhtiyar Aslanbayli expressed their confidence that the BHOS graduates going to work at STAR Refinery would grow into best specialists of the oil and gas sector capable to contribute to development of industry both in Azerbaijan and in Turkey.
Speaking about the Higher School achievements in developing successful international cooperation, Ambassador of Turkey to Azerbaijan Erkan Ozoral emphasised that BHOS established close partnership relations with many foreign institutions. In his words, these major accomplishments can help the Baku Higher Oil School become one of the leading international universities. The Ambassador also told about long-term fruitful and diversified cooperation between the two brotherly countries, especially in the field of science and education.
Director General of SOCAR Turkey Enerji A. Ş. company Zaur Gakhramanov told about the company establishment, development, milestones and main activities. He also spoke about the company successes in implementation of large international projects in the region. Zaur Gakhramanov provided information about Student Internship and New Graduate Engineering programs initiated by the company, criteria for selection of the successful candidates eligible to participate in these programs, and the conditions created for interns and employees in Turkey. “We were pleased to see BHOS management and students’ strong and vivid interest to our programs. We received more than 220 applications from the Higher School, 173 students took the test exams and 48 were invited to interviews. The rigorous and careful selection process enabled us to choose the most talented and capable students to work at the company,” he said.
Speaking at the meeting, BHOS students thanked the Rector Elmar Gasimov for providing opportunities for successful study and professional development. Their parents also expressed their gratitude to BHOS management and said that they are proud of their children achievements. In their words, this success would not be possible without excellent conditions at BHOS and continuous support provided by the Higher School’s management to students.
In June 2017, SOCAR has exported 159 826 tons of crude oil from Novorossiysk port, 176 139 tons from Supsa port, and 1 429 248 tons from Ceyhan port.
Generally, 733 664 tons of crude oil was exported from Novorossiysk port, 1 315 184 tons from Supsa, and 8 126 315 tons from Ceyhan port in January-June 2017.
The indices of crude oil exported by SOCAR reflect the volumes of crude oil belonging to both State of Azerbaijan and the Company.