News Archive

28 July 2017

Baku Higher Oil School hosts Program Manager from Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Rector of Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) Elmar Qasimov held a meeting with Program Manager of International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) in Eurasia and of Global Startup Labs of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Ekaterina Zabrovskaya. Having welcomed the guests, BHOS Rector Elmar Gasimov informed them about history and development of the Higher School, achievements attained in a short period of time, BHOS international relations and conditions created at the Higher School’s new campus. Program Manager of MISTI in Eurasia and MIT Global Startup Labs Ekaterina Zabrovskaya provided detailed information about International Science and Technology Initiatives, MIT’s pioneering international education program. As she informed, MISTI match MIT students with tailored internship, research and teaching opportunities abroad, and also facilitates MIT faculty collaborations and develops partnerships with leading companies, research institutes and universities around the world. She said MIT had similar partnership programs with 22 countries and one of their objectives was to establish MIT Global Startup Labs in Azerbaijan.

Founded in 1861, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of the world's most prestigious universities. The Institute is traditionally known for its research and education in the physical sciences and engineering, and more recently in biology, economics, linguistics, and management. As of 2015, 85 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with MIT. Many of MIT's alumni have had considerable success in scientific research. One of them is world-known mathematician and computer scientist of Azerbaijani origin Lotfi Zadeh, currently professor emeritus of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is best known for proposing the fuzzy mathematics consisting of the fuzzy related concepts.

27 July 2017

BHOS graduates to work at STAR and Petkim


Baku Higher Oil School have seen off 25 graduates, who are going to join STAR Refinery and Petkim staff at SOCAR Turkey. BHOS Rector Elmar Gasimov congratulated the graduates with their successful participation in the selection process for SOCAR Turkey’s New Graduate Engineering program and wished them to attain new achievements in the future.

Leyla Akhundzadeh, HR specialist, SOCAR Turkey, provided detailed information about preparation of young engineers for work at the company, working conditions at STAR Refinery, and the company policies, regulations and procedures.

Selection of candidates eligible to participate in the New Graduate Engineering program initiated by SOCAR Turkey was based on a number of criteria. The rigorous and careful selection process allowed to choose the most talented and capable students to work at the company.

26 July 2017

SOCAR International Scholarship Program Commission holds regular meeting


On July 26, SOCAR International Scholarship Program Commission held its regular meeting to hear reporting presentation by Rajab Nabiyev, who did a masters in oil and gas engineering at Heriot-Watt University. R. Nabiyev gave detailed information about the university he graduated from and his major, as well as social activities he joined to represent Azerbaijan. After hearing the report and discussing related issues, the Commission offered him job opportunity according to his professional knowledge and skills. The Commission also reviewed 14 applications for the Scholarship Program - 11 candidates for master’s degree and 3 for bachelorship.

Currently 23 students are studying at the world’s leading universities within the SOCAR International Scholarship Program. 256 students have successfully finished their education and returned home to join SOCAR staff.

26 July 2017

Tatarstan’s delegation visits Baku Higher Oil School


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.

24 July 2017

Twenty students of Baku Higher Oil School undertake on-the-job training in Turkey


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.

18 July 2017

SOCAR launches new gas station in Romania


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.

10 July 2017

SOCAR President speaks at 22nd World Petroleum Congress


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.

7 July 2017

SOCAR, CNPC top managers meet


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.

6 July 2017

Drilling works for June 2017


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.

5 July 2017

BTC transported 2.2 mln tons of Azerbaijani oil in June


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.