"Azerbaijan`s possession of large reserves of oil and gas is our nation`s good fortune and is the most important factor for the welfare of its people and the country`s development, now and in the future".
Heydar Aliyev

The 22nd International Caspian Oil and Gas Exhibition and Conference

On June 3-5, 22nd International Caspian Oil and Gas conference were held in Baku. The organizer of forum “ITE Group Plc” Senior Advisor of the..

On the eve of the oilmen’s professional holiday we greet you with our newproject, the ′SOCAR plus′ magazine. Telling of the latest achievements by SOCARand of the lives of our oilmen, this magazine is remarkable in both form and content.




Dear Readers!

On the eve of the oilmen’s professional holiday we greet you with our newproject, the ′SOCAR plus′ magazine. Telling of the latest achievements by SOCARand of the lives of our oilmen, this magazine is remarkable in both form and content.In addition to the traditional exhibition that we organize on September 20 inthe National Park, with this magazine we present a broad readership with informationabout the oil industry. Oilmen’s Day, which is celebrated as a genuine nationalholiday, is now a tradition which includes projects reflecting the rich historyof Azerbaijan’s oil industry and the selfless labour of our oilmen. This is not a coincidence.

The oil history of Azerbaijan is indeed a very full one. The facts prove that oilwas produced by primitive methods in our country thousands of years BC andtransported to various countries via the caravan trails. It is widely known thatthe first-ever industrial well was drilled in the fields of Bibi Heybat near Baku in1848 and Azerbaijan continued to outstrip the world’s oil industry in later periods.This was the first country to transport oil in tankers, via railways and pipelinesand to explore and produce oil from fields on and offshore. The most progressiveideas and numerous innovations in this sphere were achieved thanks to Baku’soilmen.

Azerbaijan, the ancient land of oil, is still setting a pace in the world’s economy.Successfully realizing its economic potential, our country has been developing ata great rate, it has reached a qualitatively higher level of development and hasbecome the political, economic and cultural centre of the region we all live in.Here, the oil factor and our oilmen’s determination have had a special role. Thefoundation of our current economic improvement is surely based on the successesof the oil strategy developed by national leader Heydar Aliyev. Azerbaijan’s victoriousstrategy continues successfully under the leadership of President IlhamAliyev and brings us success upon success. These achievements strengthen furtherthe country’s economic power, geopolitical influence and standing in the internationalcommunity. The constant development of the oil and gas industry and theprospects for the exploration of new fields keep Azerbaijan under the internationalspotlight. The drive produced by the oil and gas industry and by SOCAR, the region’smost powerful company, never deviates from its course and does everythingpossible to improve Azerbaijan’s position and authority in the international energymarket.

We oilmen are doing our best to reclaim the historic glory of our land’s industry,to build on that glory and communicate the truth about Azerbaijan to the internationalcommunity. The yesterday and today of the Azerbaijani nation are intimatelylinked to our industry. Today we are enhancing our oil industry with thelatest technologies and scientific innovations and turning oil capital into socialand human capital for the sake of a glorious tomorrow. We are developing ahistory full of energy! In this way the rich oil history of Azerbaijan is also theguarantee of our future. One of our most important tasks is to commemorate theevents and personalities that have entered the annals of that history. I stronglybelieve that SOCAR plus will serve this primary purpose and will win the affectionof the widest readership.

Rovnag Abdullayev