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SOCAR & BP Expand Cooperation in Developing National Capabilities

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 9/1/2014, Location: Asia

SOCAR and BP signed two documents to enhance their cooperation in the training and development of national work force specializing in the oil and gas industry related disciplines and in the human resources area.Under the contract for cooperation in the area of training of national workforce at SOCAR’s Gobustan Regional Training Centre, 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.

The second document - a Memorandum of Understanding on the agreed recruitment and deployment processes 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: “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. As part of the nationalization plan for the years 2014-2018, 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. 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 Memorandum of Understanding 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”.

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