26 January 2012
BP today signed agreements with Azerbaijan’s National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee to support the country’s national teams and a group of selected national athletes in the run up for the London 2012 Games. This happens on the eve of BP’s celebration of the 20th anniversary of its presence in Azerbaijan since 1992. Under the agreement BP Azerbaijan becomes the official partner of the Azerbaijan National Olympic Committee and the Azerbaijan National Paralympic Committee for the London 2012 Games. BP also announced today the names of seven Azerbaijani athletes – three Olympic and four Paralympic, whom the company will be supporting as they prepare for and participate in the London 2012 Games and whom BP has selected as its ambassadors for the Games. These are: Jabrail Hasanov – freestyle wresting, Farida Azizova - taekwondo, Rovshan Bayramov – Greco-roman wrestling, Ilham Zakiyev – judo, Afag Sultanova – judo, Olokhan Musayev – athletics, Oleg Panyutin – athletics. Please see the press pack to find out more about BP Azerbaijan’s ambassador athletes. Addressing the agreement signing event, Rashid Javanshir, BP’s Regional President for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, said: “We are delighted to be able to support Azerbaijan’s National Olympic and Paralympic Committees and a group of national athletes as they head for the Games. It will be an exciting time for the entire country and BP would like to assure the nation that we will be sharing their excitement as we all watch the progress the Azerbaijani athletes make in the run up for the Games and as well as their pride when the athletes come back home with Olympic medals. “Throughout our 20-year presence in Azerbaijan BP has enjoyed excellent relationships with all stakeholders and a strong partnership based on the nation’s confidence in our ability to deliver the strategic projects that it has trusted us to lead. BP is committed to being with Azerbaijan for long-term as the country develops towards its strategic role of a regional leader with strong sustainable economy and prosperous nation,” Javanshir said. Chingiz Huseynzade, Vice-President of the Azerbaijan National Olympic Committee, said: “This strategic partnership showcases the commitment of BP Azerbaijan to our country and its people. We are very pleased to see that a company that for 20 years has been the leading operator in Azerbaijan substantially contributing to the development of our oil and gas industry through the major projects that it operates, and to the development of communities, local enterprises, public and educational institutions through its sustainable development initiatives, has now decided to enter into partnership with Azerbaijan’s National Olympic and Paralympic Committees. We hope this partnership will be as successful as all others that BP has previously initiated in Azerbaijan”. In his remarks to the same event Ilgar Rahimov, President of the Azerbaijan National Paralympic Committee, said: “We believe this partnership will help to raise the awareness that sport can benefit everyone in the community. We also believe that BP’s partnership specifically with our committee and its support to Paralympic athletes will once again highlight the admiration and respect that each of us feel for those who have taken the challenge to be part of London Paralympics 2012”. BP Azerbaijan will provide additional information of its partnership with the national committees and its support to the national teams and athletes throughout this year – both before and after the Games. Notes to editors: BP is a leading operator in Azerbaijan and the South Caspian region, and operates major oil and gas development and exploration projects, as well as the world-class Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil export pipeline:
- The super giant Azeri, Chirag and Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) oil field is currently producing about 750,000 barrels of oil per day- production from Chirag section of the field has continued successfully since 1997, this was followed by Azeri Project Phase 1 - Central Azeri production in February 2005 and successive phases have included West Azeri, which started production in December 2005, and East Azeri, which came on stream in October 2006 as Azeri Project Phase 2, Deepwater Gunashli - Phase 3 of ACG development started production in April 2008; the next step of ACG development - Chirag Oil Project (COP) is under construction and expected to begin production in 2013. To date the field has produced about 1.9 bn barrels of oil;
- The world-class Shah Deniz gas condensate field – Stage 1 development of Shah Deniz has maximum capacity of about 9 billion cubic meters per year (bcma) and it has been producing steadily since early 2007; Stage 2, which envisages Shah Deniz full field development, is a giant project expected to add a further 16 bcma of gas production to the existing production from Stage 1, opening up Azerbaijan as a major gas supplier to new gas markets through a new Southern Gas Corridor.
- The Safag-Asiman production sharing agreement (PSA) was signed in Baku in October, 2010. The PSA was ratified by the Parliament of the Republic of Azerbaijan in May 2011. The project has already conducted the first 3-D seismic survey of the area.
- The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil export pipeline has been operational since June 2006. To date BTC has carried 1.36 bn barrels of crude oil to world markets loaded onto 1764 tankers at Ceyhan. BTC is now capable of exporting 1.2 million barrels of oil per day.
Background on BP involvement with London 2012
- BP is the Official Oil and Gas Partner for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, providing advanced fuels and lubricants for over 5,000 official Games vehicles, LPG for catering and car washing facilities.
- As a Sustainability Partner and the Official Carbon Offsetting Partner with Target Neutral. BP will contribute to a lower carbon Games.
- As a Premier Partner of the Cultural Olympiad, BP is building on its longstanding support of arts and culture in the UK, and providing millions of people with an opportunity to get involved in the build-up to the Games. The programmes that BP supports and which are part of the Cultural Olympiad include:
- London 2012 Open Weekend: a yearly countdown celebration to the London 2012 Games. So far, over a million people have visited Open Weekend events across the UK, an opportunity for the public to try something new in arts and culture.
- Tate Movie Project: the first of its kind - an animated film made by and for children. With the talents of Aardman, the Tate Movie project aims to inspire 5 – 13 year olds across the UK to engage with and contribute ideas for the making of an animated movie.
- BP Portrait Awards: Next Generation: Inspired by London 2012, this project encourages young people between the ages of 14-19 to increase their involvement with portraiture. Participants attend workshops and have the opportunity to meet and work with practising artists who have exhibited at the BP Portrait Awards.
- The Olympic Journey: The Story of the Games: A BP collaboration with the Royal Opera House and The Olympic Museum in Lausanne. The exhibition will be created and staged at the Royal Opera House for the duration of the Olympic Games from 27 July to 12 August 2012. It will include unique artefacts, graphics, film and audio from The Olympic Museum in Lausanne being shown in London for the very first time, and promises to be a highlight of the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad.
- London 1612: Shakespeare's Theatre of the World, will open at the British Museum in the run-up to the London 2012 Games. It will be supported by BP and will explore the role of the capital as an emerging international city 400 years ago, interpreted through Shakespeare’s plays.
- BP is supporting the Young Leaders Programme. In bidding for the 2012 Games, London 2012 made a commitment to deliver a project to support 100 young people on an intensive personal development programme. The aim was for them to play a significant role in the delivery of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The London 2012 Young Leaders Programme (YLP), supported by BP, is designed to give a group of disadvantaged young people the chance to make positive change to their lives. This will be achieved by participation in a number of remarkable volunteering opportunities between April 2010 and the end of the Games in September 2012.
- BP is also inspiring young people through the Enterprise Trading Game and Roadshow. The Game is a work-related learning game that offers students the opportunity to put enterprise, maths and business skills into action through an exciting simulation of real-life oil trading. The Roadshow is a one-day schools roadshow focusing on maths and enterprise, delivered in all areas of the UK by the time of the Olympic Games in 2012.
- BP in London is supporting six outstanding British athletes as they prepare for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: Jessica Ennis; Lizzie Amitstead; Shelly Woods; Richard Whitehead; Stef Reid and William Sharman. BP will be helping them to reduce their carbon footprint as they prepare for the Games using the Target Neutral framework of Reduce-Replace-Neutralise.
For further information please contact: Tamam Bayatly, BP Baku Press Office, telephone: +994 (0) 599 4557 National Olympic Committee Press Office, telephone: +994 (0) 440 2841 National Paralympic Committee Press Office, telephone: +994 (0) 594 5433