Autumn 2003 (11.3)
Program in Azerbaijan
Left: Above: Exxon Azerbaijan's Manager Drew Goodbread
looking at plans for drilling with the newly constructed semi-submersible
rig named "Lider" which is now the largest and most
powerful rig in the Caspian Sea. It is capable of operating at
water depths between 75 to 1,000 meters and drilling depths to
more than 9,000 meters. Maersk Contractors is the owner of the
program is one of the world's largest. Their commitment and involvement
in Azerbaijan is extensive as they work to develop prosperous,
To date, Exxon Azerbaijan Operating Company LLC, an ExxonMobil
subsidiary (Exxon Azerbaijan), has contributed more than $3 million
dollars to educational and community investment projects in Azerbaijan.
They are working with major relief agencies to provide aid to
thousands of refugees and displaced persons living in the Bilasuvar,
Saatli, and Sabirabad. Projects implemented in the past several
years have included community development and income generation
initiatives, infrastructure enhancements, construction of schools,
community centers, and medical clinics.
Exxon Azerbaijan is committed to education, especially in relationship
to the development of materials related to the new Latin alphabet.
They have just published the substantial English-Azerbaijani
Dictionary, compiled by Oruj Musayev, with 1,700 pages and 130,000
terms. In 1998, they supported the publishing of the Azerbaijani-Engish
volume with 45,000 terms and 600 pages. One of the most significant
projects funded by Exxon Azerbaijan is the Children's Encyclopedia
- a multi-volume collection covering subjects from Nature and
History to Arts, Sports and Information Technologies.
Left: Azerbaijani youth eager to read materials in
the Azeri Latin alphabet. (right) Exxon Azerbaijan employees
volunteer to plant trees.
Thousands of children from refugee camps, orphanages and schools
for youth with special needs are invited every year to celebrations
of Novruz Bayram (First Day of Spring, March 21), the New Year,
Knowledge Day, and other events supported by Exxon Azerbaijan
because the company believes that celebrating holidays together
makes children feel more like a family.
Exxon Azerbaijan has also provided support for a series of programs
dedicated to Earth Day to encourage children to learn about the
nature and be more sensitive to the environment. Exxon Azerbaijan's
employees worked as volunteers to help clean up parks and plant
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