London ends the first phase of campaign
The first phase of SOCAR's UEFA Euro 2020 campaign is finished by turning the petrol station on Agmashenebeli Highway into London. Designed with most iconic London details in mind, it is one of the 11 stations rebranded for the upcoming tournmanet.
The only host city which is not represented in campaign is Saint Petersburg due to political tension between countries and Russian occupation of Georgian territories.
SOCAR vice president on cooperation with Turkmenistan: “We need to build faster…”
– It is impossible to overestimate the importance of this forum, especially considering the volatility of the situation in the global energy sector, so I would call this meeting an event of global significance, – Elshad Nasirov, Vice President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan SOCAR, said in an interview with an ORIENT correspondent on the sidelines of the international forum "Oil and gas of Turkmenistan-2022”.
Speaking about the energy cooperation between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan, Nasirov noted that the huge potential of this interaction has not yet begun to be used.
– All five states of the Caspian Sea are oil and gas producing powers, so their cooperation should be very close. For example, Azerbaijan is connected by oil pipelines with Georgia, Russia, Iran,” he continued. According to SOCAR vice-president about the prospects for cooperation with Turkmenistan, "it is necessary to build faster before the end of the hydrocarbon civilization."
Elshad Nasirov recalled the famous phrase of the former Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia Ahmed Zaki Yamani: “The Stone Age did not end because the stones ran out. And the oil era will come to an end not because oil will run out…”. Therefore, it is necessary to effectively use the available resources, use new technologies, and build processing enterprises.
“Energy security has ceased to be a commercial concept, today it is equated with the political security of any state,” Nasirov said, noting the importance of Turkmenistan's international initiatives in this regard.
Agro-diesel campaign in Kakheti region
The discount program on diesel for farmers is on the go. Discount cards are available online at https://my.mepa.gov.ge and at the Rural Development Agency regional offices. Cards are usable at 89 petrol stations of SOCAR throughout the county.
The head of Kakheti region local government - Irakli Shioshvili, The agro-diesel discount program manager Levan Urotadze and SOCAR Georgia Petroleum operations director - Nodar Kanchaveli have observed the development of program in Kakheti region.
The farmers involved in the program can get 150 liters of diesel per 1 ha. of land (with no more than 15 000 liters discount card provided for farmers that own more than 100 ha. of land).
The schedule for distribution of agrodiesel is as follows: No more than 2 000 liters of diesel will be distributed from February 1 to March 31; Additional 1 500 liters will be available from April 1 to April 30 and the rest will be distributed from May 1 to December 31.
The program is a result of the memorandum signed between SOCAR Georgia Petroleum and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia and no state funding is involved in the process.
A signing ceremony between the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture of Georgia and the Ministry of Agriculture on the implementation of the Agrodiesel project to support local farmers for 2021There was a signing ceremony between the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture of Georgia and the Ministry of Agriculture on the implementation of the Agrodiesel project to support local farmers for 2021 The word document was signed by Georgia, Minister of Environment and Agriculture Levan Davitashvili, Director of SOCAR Petroleum Georgia. Faik Guliyev, General Director of SOCAR Energy Georgia and other officials from the Ministry named after the ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Georgia attended the signing ceremony.During the meeting held before the signing ceremony, Minister Levan Davitashvili welcomed guests and expressed satisfaction with the current cooperation level between the Ministry and SOCAR, which was shown in the implementation of the ′′ Agrodiesel ′′ project, which was headed during the pandemic. He emphasized that the so-called program was successfully implemented in 2020 and that it is a delightful situation to continue this cooperation in 2021 Last year, the minister said that within this program, the provision of Georgian agrarian sector with Azerbaijani-origin diesel fuel continued and more than 125 farmers benefited from it. As a result of the sale of diesel fuel at preferential prices, local farmers saved more than 7.0 million lari.Ambassador Faiq Guliyev thanked the opposite side for the invitation to participate in the signing ceremony and noted that as in all spheres of the two countries, there are also strong cooperation relations in the agricultural sector. It is stated that our countries have always been there for each other and supported each other during difficult times. A few years ago, there was a lack of equipment and a great demand in the agricultural sector in Georgia, in order to pay this need, the Azerbaijani side sent its equipment to Georgia. Today, solidarity and cooperation between our countries continues in the conditions of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has encountered the world. In this particular, the ′′ Agrodiesel ′′ project was launched last year to support local farmers and the SOCAR signed a contract between Georgia's Environment Protection and Ministry of Agriculture. The ambassador emphasized that this project is a clear example of friendship and brotherhood relations between the two countries.CEO of SOCAR Energy Georgia, Mahir Mammadov, noted that this program was implemented to solve the challenges faced by local farmers during the pandemic and said the project's results for 2020 were positive. He thanked the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture of Georgia for cooperation in this field and expressed hope that the project will contribute to the development of agricultural sector in Georgia.
Imported Social Natural Gas Price Has Been Optimised with an Agreement Signed After a Meeting of Giorgi Gakharia and Rovnag Abdullayev
Giorgi Gakharia, Prime Minister of Georgia met Rovnag Abdullayev, President of SOCAR State Oil Company of Azerbaijan today.
Focus of the meeting was made at the kind neighbourly relations and partnership of Georgia and Azerbaijan in various areas. Special attention was paid to the investment projects implemented by SOCAR in Georgia and prospects of deepening cooperation in future.
It was noted that cooperation of Georgia with SOCAR is truly successful in the area of natural gas, which is once again evidenced by the optimisation of the social gas price in the country.
Namely, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia has been instructed by the Government of Georgia to negotiate with SOCAR a deal to import 200 million cubic meters of the so-called social gas with a reduced tariff from Azerbaijan to Georgia. Amendments were made to the existing agreement on social gas supply originally signed in 2016. Signing ceremony held today engaged Natia Turnava, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia; Giorgi Bakhtadze, CEO of Oil and Gas Corporation and Rovnag Abdullayev, President of SOCAR after a meeting with the Prime Minister of Georgia.
As a result of the referred agreement. Government of Georgia will be able to maintain the stability of natural gas price for citizens of Georgia.
It was underlined that after the completion of the fourth stage of the South Gas Corridor, which envisages the transportation of Shah Deniz gas to the European market, will channel higher volumes of Azerbaijani gas through Georgia. At the same time, the country will be able to purchase more concessional Azerbaijani gas to meet its domestic demand.
Meeting with the Prime Minister of Georgia and signing ceremony was attended by Faig Guliyev, Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary of Azerbaijan to Georgia; Mahir Mamedov, CEO of SOCAR Energy Georgia; Elshad Nasirov, President of SOCAR for Investments and Marketing; Vagif Aliyev, Director of Investments at SOCAR.
Press Service of the Government Administration
Prime Minister's Meeting with SOCAR President
Today, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia held a meeting with Rovnag Abdullayev, President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR).
SOCAR's investment projects implemented in Georgia were the key topic of the discussion. The meeting was attended by Georgian Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Natia Turnava, General Director of SOCAR Energy Georgia Mahir Mammadov, Head of the SOCAR Investments Department Vagif Aliyev, and Azerbaijan's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Dursun Hasanov.