Triumph of Energy - 20th Anniversary of the Contract of the Century

On Saturday, 20 September the Azerbaijan International Operating Company operated by BP,   celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Contract of the Century at the Heydar Aliyev’s Centre. 

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Triumph of Energy

The ceremony was attended by President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Dukanovic, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz, Italian Deputy Minister for Economic Development Claudio De Vicenti, BP Group Chief Executive and Director Robert Dudley, ACG veterans, partners, SOCAR, diplomatic corps, BP staff and contractors.

As part of the event, a ceremony was held at the Sangachal Terminal to mark the groundbreaking for the Southern Gas Corridor.The ceremony was broadcasted live on the big screen in Heydar Aliyev Center.
The flags of the countries, where the Southern Gas Corridor will pass, as well as SOCAR and BP logos were reflected on the first pipeline. First, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and then state and government officials of other countries, SOCAR and BP presidents signed on the pipeline. After posing for photographs, the foundation of the Southern Gas Corridor was laid to mark the commencement of the project.  

In his speech, President Aliyev said that this project will redraw Europe’s energy map and open up new opportunities for transit countries ”This is a project of the new century. The participants of the project will benefit from the pipeline at least 100 years”, he said.

Speaking on behalf of all partners, Bob Dudley, BP’s Group Chief Executive said that “Today we are not only looking back to celebrate the last two decades celebrate the last two decades, but looking ahead to the next chapter in Azerbaijan’s energy story as we start the building of the southern corridor to carry gas from the Caspian’s giant Shah Deniz field to Georgia, Turkey, Greece , Bulgaria, Albania and ultimately, Italy,”