Caspian Energy Centre Re-launched

14 September 2006

BP on behalf of its partners today re-launched the Caspian Energy Centre (CEC) at the Sangachal Terminal. 
The re-launch follows the completion of an extensive refurbishment and upgrade programme, which has been undertaken in collaboration with the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences. 

CEC is the first exhibition facility in Azerbaijan fully dedicated to the energy industry and the specific sciences which underpin the creation, exploration and commercial use of hydrocarbons. The facility is now equipped with a significant new series of exhibits, which turn it into a world-class innovative science centre. 

The Centre is designed as an educational tool primarily for use by secondary schools to help educate children in Azerbaijan about the natural resources of this country, and how they are used in everyday life. 

“We believe specially tailored educational programs and activities, interactive games and workshops organized by our Centre will help enhance the basic knowledge of future generations in Azerbaijan”, says Ismail Miriyev, CEC’s Manager. Ismail is the first Azerbaijani to successfully complete an internship in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. 

“Learning through interactive games and other educational activities is a universally recognized method of bringing science to life, particularly for children. I am really happy to be involved in such an innovative and far-reaching initiative, which brings to life the concept of an energy-related science centre in Azerbaijan. This is a unique facility for Azerbaijan, which can be described as an investment in the country’s future,” adds Ismail. 
In addition, CEC will continue to accommodate visits of senior government and state officials, representatives of partners to the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG), Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC), Shah Deniz and South Caucasus Pipeline projects, local communities, university students and the general public to update them on the projects’ progress and achievements, as well as the projects’ potential impact on economic and social development of this country. Since its first opening in May 2005 CEC has already hosted more than 6000 visitors, of whom 4000 were schoolchildren from local communities in the Garadagh district and the city of Baku.

Further information:
Tamam Bayatly at BP’s Press Office in Baku, telephone: 994 (0) 12 599 4557