Above left: Road Safety Awareness Week for Azerbaijan children aged 5 to 9, May 2000.
Above right: Inational dancers at the presentation of the Shirvanshah's Palace guidebook published by BP, July 2000.
The well has been plugged and suspended, keeping open the option for re-entry at a later date, which would allow further evaluation to be performed. Evaluation of the data from the well is continuing.
The Dada Gorgud semi-submersible rig is currently undergoing a minor upgrade, performed by Santa Fe International Corporation. Following the upgrade, the rig will return to work for BP.
A new joint initiative between the Azerbaijan government and the oil industry is aimed at developing state-of-the-art safety regulations for Azerbaijan's upstream oil and gas exploration and production industry covering both onshore and offshore activity.
Work on this project is expected to take two years and will involve drafting regulations, confirming the applicability of international industry standards, and if necessary, developing supplementary requirements to deal with Azerbaijan- and Caspian-specific issues. The basis of the new regulations will be the recently introduced Azerbaijan Technical Safety law together with the oil companies' internationally applied safety management practice, which focuses on major accident prevention, occupational health and safety and environmental protection.
Funding required for the project is being provided equally by the industry (Agip, BP Amoco, ExxonMobil and Statoil) and the Norwegian government through the Norwegian classification society DNV. The other principal partners in the project are the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) and the State Technical Control Committee, which is Azerbaijan's main Safety Regulator. The Azerbaijan Government has endorsed the project by issuing a special Cabinet of Ministers' Resolution.
Above left: Donation of computer software programs to Baku's European Lyceum, May 2000.
Above right: AIOC library and kindergarten in Sabirabad refugee camp, July 2000.
AIOC made $100 million in tax payments to the State Budget of the Azerbaijan Republic between the period 1995 and July 2000. The taxes paid to the State Budget of the Azerbaijan Republic cover foreign employees, national employees, pension and employment funds, physical persons and withholding tax on foreign subcontractors.
In July, AIOC officially opened a kindergarten-library building in the densely populated Galagayin refugee camp of Sabirabad. The building, constructed by AIOC shareholders, will meet the needs of the local population and play an indispensable role in the process of children's education. AIOC worked closely with the Ministry of Education and UNICEF in implementing this humanitarian project.
Orphan Summer Camp
Through BP Amoco's sponsorship, the local NGO Sahib has organized a summer camp for orphans and disabled children in Shuvalan near Baku. The camp, launched in mid-July, housed 60 children, providing them with an opportunity to rest and undergo health and psychological rehabilitation programs. Creative projects, poem and song competitions and quizzes were organized for the children during the camp. Specialists in health care, teachers and medical workers also visited with them.
Above: BP Amoco Chess Cup Tournament, June 2000.
Shirvanshah Palace Guidebook
BP helped sponsor the publishing of a tri-lingual guidebook to the Palace of Shirvanshahs, a 15th-century historical monument found at the heart of Baku's Old City. The Palace has been undergoing major restoration but still needs major work. BP hopes to attract the attention of all those who love Azerbaijan's art and culture to the value of this cultural landmark. The publication is in Azeri, English and Russian.
In June, BP sponsored Baku's second international children's chess tournament. The tournament for BP Amoco Cup was held in the Central Chess Club of Baku in collaboration with Azerbaijan's Chess Federation and the Ministry of Sports and Youth. The competition brought together leading young chess players from Azerbaijan, Russia, Georgia, Turkey and Iran.
The event was part of BP's long association with young people's chess in Azerbaijan. In the past the company has donated computers, chess software and office equipment to the Chess Club in Baku, a number of other chess schools and the Chess Federation of Azerbaijan. Amoco, now part of BP, initiated involvement with Azerbaijan's National Junior Chess Team three years ago which has led to the team being able to participate in tournaments in France, Spain, Greece and Austria.
Helping Disabled Women
BP Amoco hosted a ceremony in July to mark the official opening of the company-refurbished offices for the Society of Disabled Women in Baku. The society aims to address psychological rehabilitation, legal protection, information exchange and employment problems of women with physical disabilities. The new office, opened through BP Amoco's help, will function as a center cooperating with a number of other offices in various locations and coordinating relief efforts and work with disabled women in other parts of the country.
BP has donated special computer programs to the European Lyceum in Baku in order to help the students to familiarize themselves with and make use of educational programs on biology, physics, mathematics, information technology, geometry, foreign languages and other subjects. This is not BP's first cooperation project with the Lyceum. Previously the company had opened a special classroom at the European Lyceum, furnished with computers and other information technology pieces and relevant equipment. The pupils of the Lyceum have already acquired practical skills to freely handle the computers installed in the classroom, apply their technical capabilities to the learning process and make use of the Internet network services. The new computer programs will add to the pupils' knowledge and skills.
Left: A team of 26 motorcyclists representing AIOC travel the proposed pipeline route from Baku to Tbilisi to Jeyhan.
Baku State Award