- Current Developments
December 22, 1999 shipment of oil to Supsa, Georgia via the Western
Route Export Pipeline (WREP) marked Azerbaijan's First Profit
Oil from Chirag. The shipment contained approximately 1 million
barrels (135,000 tons). The cumulative operating costs incurred
by the Foreign Oil Companies and the State Oil Company of the
Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) in operating the Chirag field, the
Northern Route Export Pipeline (NREP) and the WREP have been
recovered. The participating companies are now receiving their
shares of Profit Oil.
Before Profit Oil, SOCAR entered into agreements with various
Foreign Oil Companies to lift the oil associated with SOCAR's
equity share in the agreement. Now with the achievement of Profit
Oil, SOCAR is lifting and selling its own Chirag crude oil cargoes.
A total of 24 million barrels of Chirag oil have been exported
to world markets via the WREP. The pipeline operates at full
capacity, carrying 115,000 bpd from the Sangachal terminal near
Baku to Supsa. The Sangachal Terminal has achieved an outstanding
safety performance, operating for two years without a single
lost time incident.
During the November 1999 OSCE Summit in Istanbul, the countries
of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey signed an Intergovernmental
Agreement (IGA) in support of the Main Export Pipeline through
Baku-Tbilisi-Jeyhan (Ceyhan in Turkish). This was a significant
milestone achieved by the Azerbaijan Working Group led by Deputy
Prime Minister Abid Sharifov. AIOC and other members of the Azerbaijan
Working Group have worked hard over the last year to negotiate
a set of agreements on the pipeline.
Once the Host Government Agreements (HGAs) have been concluded
with Georgia and Azerbaijan, they will be submitted to the parliaments
of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey for ratification. Upon ratification,
the governments will encourage the formation of a Sponsor Group
of potential investors to take the project forward.
Azerbaijan Carpet Book
A ceremony was held at the Grand Hotel Europe to present "Azerbaijan
Carpet," an exquisite volume published by BP Amoco and supported
by the UN office in Azerbaijan, the UNDP and Baku Art and Culture
Photo: BP Amoco's Public Affairs
Officer Mehdi Huseinguliyev displaying the new Azerbaijan Carpet
book for which he helped manage the publication.
Author Roya Taghiyeva is Director of the Azerbaijan State Museum
of Carpets and Handicrafts. The 262-page volume features hundreds
of color photographs, showing the centuries - long development
of Azerbaijan's carpets. The book will be placed in 500 museums
and libraries around the world and will serve as a definitive
reference work for Azerbaijan's national heritage for many decades
to come. Copies are available for sale at the Carpet Museum.
BP Amoco has set another Caspian Sea drilling record during the
drilling of the A-14z directional well from the Chirag-1 offshore
platform. A-14z is a production well with a total depth of 5,424
meters and a record total distance of 3,971 meters from the platform.
The previous record of 3,551 meters for maximum well departure
was also held by the Chirag-1 platform. To date, a total of 14
wells have been drilled from the Chirag platform. Both drilling
performance and production rates from Chirag are better than
originally forecast, with current daily production of more than
The Istiglal rig drilling through the Shah Daniz reservoir has
now reached the target depth in well SDX-2, approximately six
km to the south of SDX-1. A comprehensive logging and testing
program will be carried out during the first quarter of 2000
along with the drilling of a third well SDX-3. The data collection
from SDX-2 will provide more information about other areas of
the reservoir. The first exploration well, SDX-1, drilled to
a total depth of 6,316 meters, encountered a significant gas
condensate resource, identifying Azerbaijan as a potential major
BP Amoco's annual "Excellence in Teaching Competition,"
held in collaboration with the Baku Mayor's Office biology teacher
Rahima Aliyeva was named Teacher of the Year. Third grader Arifa
Dadashzade, tenth grader Javid Gafarzade and seventh grader Rauf
Babayev were named Pupils of the Year.
Nearly 400 talented mugham and folk music singers competed in
BP Amoco's Third Annual Children's Mugham Festival. Most of the
participants were refugee children from Karabakh-known as the
cradle of Azerbaijani mugham [traditional modal music]. Nine-year-old
Murad Rustamsade won the grand prize for performing Bayati Kurd
- one of Azerbaijan's most difficult mughams.
Photo: Grand Prix Winner of
Children's Mugham Festival, Murad Rustamzade, age 9. Photo: Abbasaliyev.
Recently BP Amoco sponsored Azerbaijan's 12-member junior chess
team on their trip to Greece for the European Junior Chess Championship.
Teymur Rajabov [see feature article, this issue] and Nijad Mammadov
both won gold medals and Vugar Hashimov won a silver. The company
awarded computers to these three leading players.
BP Amoco has donated 20,000 Alphabet books to refugee children
and additional supplies to 900 refugee first-graders. The company
is planning to supply refugee children in grades 5-9 with textbooks.
Two other books with environmental themes for children were also
published: "Wonderful Life of the Caspian Sea" and
the "Ecological and Geographic Atlas of Azerbaijan."
For the third year, AIOC - operated by BP Amoco - sponsored the
Young Scientist Award, a scientific research competition. The
project encourages the development of science, especially research
related to oil. BP Amoco also launched computer classes for students
at the Chemistry & Biology Lyceum, one of Baku's leading
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