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Creating new learning and research opportunities at local universities

Release date:
24 February 2022
  • Three training and research facilities for the Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction;
  • Access to new teaching and learning equipment, hardware and software in the fields of electrical engineering and renewable energy.
  • bp’s contribution to improving educational infrastructure to enhance the quality of higher education and scientific research activities.

bp today presented three modern laboratories to the Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction (AUAC) to support the university in upgrading its learning and teaching tools and processes. These are fully equipped electronics and electrical engineering, energy efficiency and renewable energy and ‘Smart Home’ laboratories to function at the Department of Construction of Engineering Systems and Facilities. 


Bakhtiyar Aslanbayli, bp’s vice president for the Caspian region, communications and advocacy, said: ““We are pleased to see that the university will now be able to offer its students an opportunity to learn, conduct research and experiment using the modern equipment, electronic tools and innovative systems installed in the three facilities. We believe the new laboratories will help raise a new cohort of experts capable to develop energy-efficient solutions in the area of renewable energy contributing to the country’s energy transition efforts.


“We are also pleased that this project marks the expansion of our close engagement with local universities. bp is currently celebrating its 30 years in Azerbaijan. Over the past three decades we have worked with tens of local universities helping them partner with the leading international educational institutions, transferring international knowledge and expertise, bringing innovative educational technologies and methodologies and creating opportunities for raising the overall quality of higher education. We take pride in what we have achieved together with many of Azerbaijan’s universities and this will continue to be the main focus of our social investment in this country.”

The total cost of the project is 294,600 AZN and it covers the purchase and installation of all necessary equipment, hardware and software, as well as publishing a series of manuals required for the effective functioning of the laboratories.


Notes to editors


bp has been present in Azerbaijan for 30 years safely, efficiently and reliably operating major oil and gas exploration, development and transportation projects. To date, together with its co-venturers, bp has invested around $84 billion into projects it operates in the country. In Azerbaijan, we are committed to supporting sustainability efforts focusing on the areas where we believe we can make the most difference. 


Our extensive social investment activities and capacity-building efforts in the country have had a positive impact and brought tangible benefits to people, improving their lives and making a difference. 

Our social investments cover such areas as building local capabilities, education, development of communities, local enterprises, the environment, sporting potential as well as research and promotion of the country’s rich cultural heritage. Overall, since the start, bp itself and together with its co-venturers in the joint ventures that bp operates in Azerbaijan, has spent around $100 million on social investment projects in this country.

In Azerbaijan, bp directly employs around 2,270 Azerbaijani citizens who make over 90 per cent of the company’s professional staff. 

For more information about bp and its co-venturers’ social investment projects please visit the bp Azerbaijan site at 


Further information


Tamam Bayatly at bp’s press office in Baku. 

Telephone: (+994 12) 525 58 95