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21 April 2017

BHOS to work with Atkins Company


Representatives of the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Azerbaijan and British multinational company Atkins visited Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) and met with BHOS management. The meeting gathered Higher School’s Rector Elmar Gasimov, General Manager of Atkins Office in Baku James Todd and Head of Trade and Investments Department of the UK Embassy Steve Smith.

The Rector Elmar Gasimov welcomed the guests and provided them with detailed information about BHOS activities and achievements. As he informed, the higher educational institution was established to prepare high-qualified English speaking engineers in accordance with international educational standards. These specialists can work at facilities of transnational oil companies including SOCAR both in Azerbaijan and in other countries around the world. To achieve this goal, the Higher School has established and developed long-term close partnership with large oil and gas companies operating in Azerbaijan.

Speaking about Atkins company activities, the General Manager of Atkins representation office in Azerbaijan James Todd said that the company provides engineering, design, planning, architectural design, project management and consulting services worldwide in many sectors including oil and gas industry, industrial engineering and construction, urban development, renewable energy and geotechnical prospecting. Currently, Atkins operates in Azerbaijan upon a contract with BP and participates in implementation of the policy of nationalisation of personnel. Within this initiative, the company intends to establish close partnership relations with the Baku Higher Oil School and offer various opportunities to BHOS students including summer schools, internships, workshops, on-the-job training and other courses to be conducted by the company specialists.

Head of Trade and Investments Department of the UK Embassy in Baku Steve Smith also expressed interest in developing partner relationship between the Embassy and BHOS. In his words, he is encouraged by the successful cooperation of the Higher School with Heriot-Watt University and BP in Azerbaijan. Steve Smith said that the British Embassy would provide all necessary support and assistance to help BHOS build ties with other British universities and companies.

At the meeting, the participants arrived at a consensus to conclude a cooperation agreement between the Baku Higher Oil School and Atkins company.

20 April 2017

Presentation by SOCAR Polymer at BHOS


A presentation entitled “Summer Internship 2017” was held by SOCAR Polymer company at Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS). The Higher School’s Rector Elmar Gasimov, General Manager of SOCAR Polymer LLC Farid Jafarov and other company representatives participated in the event. Opening the meeting, Rector Elmar Gasimov welcomed the guests and said that President of the Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev assigns high priority to the SOCAR Polymer project and considers it very important for the future of the country. Implementation of this initiative is a vivid evidence of the development of non-oil sector and economics of Azerbaijan, emphasised Elmar Gasimov. In his words, demand for high-qualified engineers will significantly grow after the SOCAR Polymer plant is put in operations, and this opens new job opportunities for the Higher School graduates. The rector expressed his confidence that BHOS cooperation with SOCAR Polymer LLC will be conducive to intensive teaching of Chemical Engineering disciplines at the Higher School and will give further impetus to studies at BHOS within framework of lifelong learning.

In his presentation, General Manager of SOCAR Polymer Farid Jafarov noted that he is very pleased with developing cooperation with the Baku Higher Oil School, which trains high-qualified English-speaking national engineers. BHOS graduates are a guarantee of the successful industrial development of Azerbaijan, he said. Farid Jafarov also provided detailed information about the SOCAR Polymer project.

As was reported, during the summer internship students participate in the SOCAR Polymer daily operations alongside the company specialists, learn about the most advanced technologies and modern equipment used for the project, and, thus, gain valuable practical experience.

17 April 2017

Baku Higher Oil School getting ready for International Forum


A meeting of Program Committee of SOCAR 2nd International Caspian and Central Asia Downstream Forum - Trading, Logistics, Refining, Petrochemicals dedicated to 94th anniversary of the National Leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev took place at Baku Higher Oil School. The forum, which is jointly organised by the Higher School and Confidence Capital Ltd. company (Great Britain) with support from the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic, will be held from 25 to 28 April 2017 in Baku.

The meeting was led by the Chairman of the Forum’s Program Committee, BHOS Rector Elmar Gasimov and the Committee Co-chairman, Managing Director of Confidence Capital Ltd. Andrew Rudenko. It was noted that the SOCAR 2nd International Forum attracted strong interest worldwide. Over 100 representatives from more than 15 countries including Azerbaijan, Austria, Belarus, Cyprus, Georgia, Great Britain, Iran, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Litva, Russia, Switzerland, UAE, Ukraine, the USA and other countries confirmed their participation in this key event in the region’s oil industry calendar.

It was reported that managers of SOCAR’s leading units including Gas Export Department, Investments Division and Marketing and Operations Department, as well as representatives of SOCAR Trading Geneva and SOCAR Ukraine. At the meeting, organisational issues of SOCAR 2nd International Caspian and Central Asia Downstream Forum - Trading, Logistics, Refining, Petrochemicals were also discussed.

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14 April 2017

BHOS students’ field trip to Sangachal terminal


Third-year Chemical Engineering students of Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) visited Sangachal terminal operated by BP. Their field trip to the one of the world's largest oil and gas terminals was arranged within the Higher School cooperation with company BP in Azerbaijan. During the visit, the students made a bus tour of the Sangachal terminal facilities, which include oil and gas processing facilities, crude oil storage tanks, pump stations and other facilities. They were informed about modern equipment and advanced technologies installed and used at this unique industrial complex as well as about working conditions and Health, Safety and Environment policies and regulations. As the students learned, the Sangachal terminal, located 55km south of Baku, is a vital link in Azerbaijan’s oil and gas industry. It receives, processes, stores and exports crude oil and gas produced from all operated BP assets in the Caspian basin. Currently, the Sangachal terminal, which covers an area of about 550 hectares, undergoes a major expansion. This will allow to further increase the importance of the terminal to regional oil and gas industry.

At the end of the field trip, BP representatives held a presentation for BHOS students, provided them with information materials and answered their questions.

Within cooperation between Baku Higher Oil School and BP in Azerbaijan, another field trip to ATA (Amec-Tekfen-Azfen) yard was arranged. During the visit, the students were familiarised with operations carried out at the ATA Yard for the projects operated by BP in Azerbaijan.

13 April 2017

SOCAR Turkey conducts presentation at BHOS students


Representatives of management of SOCAR Turkey Group of Companies (SOCAR Turkey) visited Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) and met with the Higher School teachers and students. At the meeting, the guests presented SOCAR Turkey’s Student Internship Program and New Graduate Engineering Program. Within these programs, up to seven BHOS students and up to 30 BHOS graduates will be selected by the company for internship and employment respectively.

Opening the meeting, rector Elmar Gasimov said that BHOS management makes necessary arrangements to provide the Higher School students with job opportunities. He spoke about close relations between BHOS and large international oil and gas companies, and internship and training programs implemented within this partnership. Talking about cooperation between the Higher School and SOCAR, he informed that on-the-job training of BHOS students at SOCAR Turkey and Petkim companies was already organised in the past. Elmar Gasimov thanked management of SOCAR for providing these internship and employment programs. The rector wished the students to obtain success in their efforts to work for SOCAR Group of companies.

SOCAR Turkey Operations Manager Emil Eminov made a presentation with an overview of SOCAR establishment, activities and milestones of the company’s development in Turkey. He also informed about objectives achieved by the company and international projects implemented by SOCAR Group of Companies in this country. The Head of Planning and Optimisation department of STAR Rafinery Eray Saribash spoke about the company’s crude oil refining operations. He emphasised that during the refinery construction and start-up of production, advanced world-class technologies were used, which are both effective and environment-friendly.

In her presentation, SOCAR Turkey Human Resources Department Dinar Mammadova provided detailed information about the Student Internship and New Graduate Engineering programs, criteria for selection of the successful candidates, the deadlines for submitting applications and the conditions created for interns and employees at the company. She also informed that final tests for these programs would be conducted at the end of April.

The meeting was concluded with question and answer session.

12 April 2017

BHOS signs agreement with University of Kuala Lumpur


Ceremony of signing of agreement between Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) and University of Kuala Lumpur (UniKL), Malaysia took place at BHOS. The ceremony gathered rector of the Higher School Elmar Gasimov; Ambassador of Malaysia to Azerbaijan Dato’ Roslan Abdul Rahman; UniKL Deputy President on Academic and Technology professor Dato' Dr. Azanam Shah Hashim; Dean of Malaysian Institute of Industrial Technology (UniKL MITEC) associate professor Dr. Sairul Izwan Safie; and representatives of the Malaysian Embassy. The Higher School’s teachers and staff members also attended the event.

Speaking at the event, rector Elmar Gasimov emphasised that the agreement would help to strengthen ties between BHOS and UniKL and would further enhance partnership relations between the two higher educational institutions. The sides agreed to launch student exchange program and develop new joint academic programs on Electronics and Electrical Engineering.

In turn, UniKL Deputy President on Academic and Technology professor Dato' Dr. Azanam Shah Hashim said that signing an agreement with one of the most prestigious higher educational institutions in Azerbaijan would suit the joint interests and would open new horizons for their fruitful cooperation.

Then, the agreement between the Baku Higher Oil School and the University of Kuala Lumpur was signed. It provides excellent opportunities for joint activities, initiatives and projects including developing academic programs and training courses, implementing student and teacher exchange programs, carrying out scientific research, arranging conferences and workshops, and providing postgraduate education and lifelong training.

11 April 2017

SOCAR launches its 25th filling station


On April 11, SOCAR held an opening ceremony of its filling station of high standards on Nobel avenue of Baku, thus, making the number of filling stations, operating under SOCAR brand, 25. The event was attended by SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev and company management. SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev cut the ribbon symbolising the official opening of filling station, and pointed out that network of filling stations operating under SOCAR brand were actively expanded, making essential contributions to social welfare of population in the country.

Afterwards, SOCAR President and event attendees familiarised themselves with the working conditions established in filling station, its structure, working rooms, as well as equipment reflecting cutting edge technology. It was mentioned that the facility was equipped with innovative devices like POS terminals and ASAN payment terminals for non-cash payments, fuel distribution units produced in Japan, as well as automatic system for control of sales and stocks. Five fuel distributing units have been installed in the station, which will provide Super, Premium, Ai-92 gasoline, and diesel fuel. Station has the capacity to serve eight small passenger vehicles and two large trucks at the same time. The station employs 40 people.

At the end of the event, SOCAR President congratulated SOCAR Petroleum staff on launch of new filling station and whished them success. He expressed assurance that SOCAR Petroleum staff will properly fulfil their duties, approach their obligations with responsibility and justify trust.

11 April 2017

TİKA Coordinator visits Baku Higher Oil School


Rector of Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) Elmar Gasimov met with representatives of Baku office of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency under the Prime Ministry of the Republic of Turkey (TIKA) including Coordinator Adem Urfa, Deputy Coordinator Mehmet Ali Yetiş and staff member Abbas Humbatov. Speaking about brotherly Azerbaijani-Turkish relations, the rector Elmar Gasimov emphasised that two counties had developed long-term successful partnership in many fields including education. Talking about prospects and spheres of cooperation between two organisations, the rector said that TIKA could arrange training courses on management and administration at universities for the Higher School staff members. In his words, such courses may help to further increase the effectiveness of BHOS activities.

Coordinator of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency’s Office in Azerbaijan Adem Urfa told about TIKA activities and projects implemented by the agency in economic, social and cultural spheres. He reported that TIKA opened its first office abroad in Turkmenistan and that it has more than 100 representative offices in 54 countries around the world including Azerbaijan. In addition, TIKA has established cooperation with development centres in nearly 100 countries. The major objectives of the agency include establishment of social structures in Turkish speaking states, their sustainable development and provision them with technical support. By now, TIKA has implemented many projects and programs in education, health care, construction, agriculture, finances, tourism and other sectors.

The meetings participants agreed to develop cooperation between BHOS and TIKA.

8 April 2017

SOCAR President meets with Iranian Oil Minister


A delegation led by SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev, being on a visit to Iran, met with Bijan Namdar Zangeneh, Oil Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran. During the meeting, representatives discussed current state and prospects of relations between Azerbaijan and Iran in the oil and gas sector, as well as mentioned existence of ample opportunities for development of cooperation.

The sides reviewed SOCAR’s participation in the oil and gas projects implemented in Iran, gas trade cooperation, possibility of joint projects in third countries as well as exchanged views in detail.

In the end, it was decided to continue studies and contacts on discussed topics in the working order.

7 April 2017

SOCAR’s budget payments for March 2017


SOCAR paid AZN 133 million 985 thousand to the State Budget for March of the current year that is AZN 24 million 737 thousand (122,6%) more than the same period of 2016. In general, for January-March 2017, SOCAR transferred AZN 396 million 643 thousand (AZN 71 million 513 thousand or 122% more than the same period of 2016) to the State Budget.

Besides, the Company’s payment to the State Social Protection Fund amounted AZN 11 million 105 thousand in March that is AZN 185 thousand (101,7%) more than the payments for the same term in 2016. As a whole, the January-March payments to State Social Protection Fund totalled AZN 36 million 268 thousand (AZN 4 million 298 thousand or 113,4% more than the same period of 2016).