SOCAR and BP expand cooperation in developing national capabilities

1 September 2014

SOCAR and BP today signed two documents to enhance their cooperation in the training and development of national workforce and in the human resources area. 

The documents, which were signed during a jointly hosted event, highlight the two parties’ continued commitment to working together to create training and development opportunities for Azerbaijani nationals specializing in the oil and gas industry related disciplines.  

The documents include:
  1. A contract for cooperation in the area of training of national workforce at SOCAR’s Gobustan Regional Training Centre. Under this contract BP commits to support the vocational and technical discipline training of 100 representatives of the local communities residing in the neighbourhood of the Sangachal terminal - Sangachal, Umid, Azimkend and Gobustan settlements. BP and its co-venturers will cover the tuition and other expenses related to the one-year training of the selected community members.
  2. A Memorandum of Understanding between SOCAR and BP as operator on the agreed recruitment and deployment processes. The document covers all the Production Sharing Agreements operated by BP in Azerbaijan and presents a general framework for cooperation in the area of staff recruitment. The memorandum enables BP and SOCAR to work together to fill national positions announced by BP for external recruitment.
Huseyn Mamedov, BP’s Vice President, Communications, External Affairs and Security, said: “BP and its co-venturers are pleased to have these new opportunities to work with SOCAR even closer towards development of the national oil industry workforce. BP remains committed to supporting Azerbaijan’s efforts to develop world-class capabilities that would meet the growing requirements of the country’s huge oil and gas projects. The documents we signed today are in line with our own efforts to support the development of national professionals and workforce so that they can take over the maximum number of jobs within BP-operated projects. These efforts are part of our nationalization plan for the years 2014-2018. Overall, this plan focuses on progressing our nationalization targets and as  part of this, BP and its co-venturers are pleased to work together with SOCAR through various educational and training programmes to support the development of national capabilities”. 

Khalik Mammadov, Vice President of SOCAR, Human Resources, IT and Regulations, said: “The documents that were signed today allow BP and SOCAR to further enhance the existing cooperation in nationalization of the staff specializing in the oil and gas related disciplines that are required for BP’s activities in Azerbaijan. Under the first agreement, BP commits to support the training of 100 Azerbaijani young people at SOCAR’s Regional Training Centre in Gobustan. We see this as a tremendous opportunity for young Azerbaijanis to get involved in our country’s world-class oil and gas projects. In addition, this agreement is an important contribution to developing skilled workforce that would meet modern standards and requirements of the oil and gas industry of Azerbaijan. As part of this agreement the two companies will together monitor the training process of the selected young people. The best graduates will be involved in various projects upon leaving the school. The Memorandum of Understanding, which we signed today, creates a reliable framework for regulating our cooperation in using the labour resources of the country efficiently. This document will allow SOCAR and BP to create a reserve base of national professionals required by Azerbaijan’s oil and gas industry and to efficiently use these resources. SOCAR, BP and other co-venturers remain committed to further creating new opportunities for our young people and to developing highly-qualified national oil industry professionals”. 
Further information:
Tamam Bayatly at BP’s Press Office in Baku, telephone: 994 (0) 12 599 4557
Nizameddin Guliyev, at SOCAR Press Office, telephone:  994 (0) 12 521 01 29;