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Sunday, 29 December 2019 08:13

TAP enters into final phase

According to the TAP consortium, the completeness percentage of the Trans Adriatic gas pipeline makes 90.7% at the end of the year. Every day hundreds of meters of TAP’s Right of Way (ROW) are cleared, strung, welded, lowered into the trenches and backfilled, in line with the project construction steps and schedule.

As Reuters has reported earlier, citing the Head of the TANAP consortium Saltuk Duzyol, due to the delay in construction of the Italian section of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), gas from the Azerbaijani field Shah Deniz will reach Europe no earlier than October 2020. A 1,850km long TANAP is designed for supplying Azerbaijani gas from ‘Shah Deniz II’ field to Turkey via Georgia. TANAP will be linked to TAP on the Greek border, which will make it possible to deliver Azerbaijani gas to Europe. According to Duzyol, “the project was supposed to be completed early in 2020. However, the TAP consortium faced some technical challenges, as well as other non-technical problems which impacted the construction process”, Duzyol said.

If the pipeline is not commissioned by July 1, 2020, the TANAP consortium has a right to lodge financial claims on Azerbaijan. “From the trade point of view, we have the right to issue invoices starting from July 1, 2020”, “Vesti.Ekonomika” quotes Duzyol as saying.

Construction of TANAP was complete in 2018. The first gas supply to Turkey began in July of the same year despite the delay in construction because of environmental problems.

It is noteworthy that TAP worth 4.5 billion EUR is a part of the Southern Gas Corridor project.

Initial capacity of TAP will make 10 bcm per year with the possibility of its doubling.

The length of the pipeline makes 878km.  Of this, 550km, 215km, 105km, 8km will cross over Greece, Albania, Adriatic seabed and via the territory of Italy respectively.

TAP shareholders are as follows: BP – 20 %, SOCAR – 20 %, Snam – 20 %, Fluxys – 19 %, Enagás – 16 %, Axpo – %.


Friday, 27 December 2019 09:07

AZAL to open its sky to all airlines

27 December 2019, Baku – For the first time in the history of Azerbaijan's civil aviation, the so-called fifth and seventh freedoms of the air will start operating at all international airports of the country.

From January 1, 2020, these degrees of freedom will enable flights from Azerbaijani airports to 40 countries in Europe, North America, Australia and South-East Asia.

Freedoms of the air is a set of commercial aviation rights granting a country’s airline(s) the privilege of entering and landing in another country’s airspace. The higher the degree of freedom, the more actions foreign aircraft are allowed to perform in Azerbaijani airspace.

Thus, the fifth freedoms of the air allows foreign airlines to perform flights from their airport to other cities with stopovers in Baku (or any other airport in Azerbaijan) for boarding/disembarking of passengers. For example, under the fifth degree of freedom, European air carriers will be able to operate a Paris-Tokyo flight with a stopover in Baku (or any other airport in the country). Or Japanese airlines can perform flights to EU countries with landing at one of the international airports of Azerbaijan.

The seventh degree of freedom enables the air carrier to fly between Azerbaijan and foreign countries, bypassing the intermediate landing at the home airport. For example, a European airline can fly to Azerbaijan from Dubai and then fly to one of the U.S. cities without landing in their home country.

In both cases, the airlines will carry out free commercial activity in all directions, including Azerbaijan.

It should be noted that previously permissions to perform such flights in Azerbaijan were granted to airlines individually.

Under the new conditions, all foreign airlines, willing to operate flights to Azerbaijan in the future will have the same rights as the national air carrier.

This will increase foreign airlines’ interest to perform flights to Azerbaijan, open up new markets for them, and allow them to boost their passenger traffic and enhance the attractiveness for tourists.

The arrival of foreign airlines will also create more travel opportunities for Azerbaijani citizens, as they will have a wide choice of direct flights to near and far abroad.

From 1 January 2020, all airlines that wish to fly to 40 countries in Europe, North America, Australia and South-East Asia will have this advantage. The relevant notification will be sent to the aviation authorities of these countries.

The air carriers will be able to deliver passengers from Baku to France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain, Greece, Czech Republic, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Ireland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Bulgaria, Georgia, USA, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, South Korea, Malaysia and Australia without any restrictions. In the future, the list of states may be expanded.

Moreover, any new airline that wants to start flying to Azerbaijan will receive a 100% discount on the airports’ services. In the second year of operation the discount will be 70%, in the third - 50%, in the fourth - 30%. The implementation period and discount rate are to be extended, if the airline increases number of flights and passenger traffic. More detailed information about this can be found on the official website of the airport -

“It is a global decision for the country as a whole. Thanks to President of Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev’s constant care and attention to Azerbaijan’s civil aviation, all conditions have been created at the country’s international airports for providing services to a large number of foreign airlines. Introduction of the fifth freedoms of air at all international airports of the country will make it possible to expand the geography of flights from Azerbaijan, increase the country's transport accessibility in the foreign market, as well as to realize the country's tourism potential and provide competitive offers for passengers. Our citizens will have an opportunity to expand the geography of their travels and reduce travel costs to Europe, Asia, Australia and North America," – noted AZAL President Jahangir Asgarov.

The decision to implement fifth and seventh freedoms of air at Azerbaijani international airports will also give further impetus to the development of the non-oil sector and help open up new jobs in the country.

Currently, there are six airports with international status in Azerbaijan. Besides the Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku, all conditions have been created for air carriers at the airports of Nakhchivan , Ganja, Gabala, Lankaran and Zagatala.

All international airports of the Republic have ICAO category up to the third one, are supplied with modern equipment, necessary conditions have been created here for ground service, aviation security service, border and customs control.

Note that Heydar Aliyev International Airport is the largest airport in Azerbaijan and the region in terms of passenger and freight traffic, takeoff and landing operations, the airport terminal area and capacity of the cargo complex. Baku airport was awarded the maximum rating of "5 Stars" according to Skytrax World Airport Awards and also named the best airport among airports of CIS countries for the level of the provided services for the three years in a row.

In November 2019, 30 passenger airlines operated flights to more than 60 different destinations from Heydar Aliyev International Airport.

Azerbaijan airports hold the leader position in the region in terms of passenger traffic. In the first 11 months of 2019, Azerbaijan's international airports served a total of 5.15 million passengers, of which 4.39 million were served by Heydar Aliyev International Airport. This is 6% more than the same figure last year.


Press service of CJSC Azerbaijan Airlines

Minister of Energy of the Azerbaijan Republic attends the 5th summit and ministerial meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) in Malabo, the capital of the Equatorial Guinea.

Minister of Energy has conveyed greetings of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic on the occasion of the 5th summit.

Addressing the summit, the minister spoke about trends on the global gas market and about gas export projects ongoing in Azerbaijan. The minister noted that the demand, which has been growing in recent years for natural gas as for a low carbon energy source, helped to implement new projects and accelerated diversification of sources and routes, meanwhile ensuring gas industry development. The minister also touched the expected shift to such renewable sources as biogas, biomethane and hydrogen.

Minister Parviz Shakhbazov also spoke about projects of Azerbaijani importers of energy resources, which help them to become gas exporters and promote energy security. Referring to regional and global significance of the final project of the Southern Gas Corridor, he said: “TANAP which plays an important role in development of the Southern Gas Corridor is ready to deliver natural gas to Europe. Natural gas will be supplied from the Caspian to Europe via the Southern Gas Corridor in the second half of 2020. Reconstruction of the energy map of the world by another global project of the country which has no access to the sea is the result of the consecutive and long-term energy policy implemented by President Ilham Aliyev. This policy is based on interests of all parties and creation of the mutually beneficial environment for global cooperation”.

Participating in the summit were Secretary General of GECF Yuri Senturin, Secretary General of OPEC Mohammed Barkindo, Russia’s Minister of Energy Alexander Novak and Minister of Mineral Resources and Petroleum of Egypt Tarek El-Molla. 

Hörmətli, Həmkarlar.


Sizi MONT” Şirkətlər Qrupu və “Respect Solutions” kompaniyaları tərəfindən təşkil olunmuş “Employee Productivity & Collaboration with Office 365: Teams, Planner, Power Automate, One Drive” adlı tədbirinə dəvət edirik.


Tədbir dekabr ayının 18-si  Tbilisi pr. 34 ünvanında yerləşən “Qafqaz Baku City” otelində keçiriləcək.


Tədbirdə “Respect Solutions” kompaniyasının mütəxəssisləri Sizlərə Office 365 proqramının əsas üstünlükləri barədə danışacaqlar.


Tədbirin proqramı:



09:30 - 10:00  Qeydiyyat/ Coffe break

10:00 - 10:10  Respekt Solutions və “Mont Azərbaycan” nümayəndəsinin çıxışı

10:10 - 10:45  Microsoft Office 365: praktikada innovasiyalar

10:45 - 11:10  Teams: indi və gələcək

11:10 - 11:30  Coffee break fasiləsi

11:30 - 11:50  Planner: əsasa fokuslanma
11:50 - 12:10  Power Automate: yeni Flow

12:10 - 12:30  One Drive: fəaliyyətdəki dinamika

12:30 – 13:00 Nahar



Ø  Ozal İrajli, MCSA Cloud Platform

Ø  Pünhan Məmmədov, MCSA Cloud Platform

Tarix: 18 dekabr, 2019-cu il
Saat: 09:30
Qafqaz Baku City, Tbilisi prospekti 34, 2ci mərtə

İştirak üçün qeydiyyatdan keçmək mütləqdir:


İştirak pulsuzdur. Qabaqcadan qeydiyyat mütləqdir. Yerlərin sayı məhduddur.
Xahiş edirik dekabr ayının 17-si saat 15:00-a kimi qeydiyyatdan keçəsiz.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 11:19

“1C Azur-da” tədbirinə dəvət

Hörmətli, Həmkarlar,


Sizi MONT Azərbaycan və Best Soft kompalyalarının təşkil etdikləri “1C Azur-da” tədbirinə dəvət edirik.
Tədbir dekabr ayının 19-u Tblisi pr. 34  ünvanında yerləşən  "Qafqaz Baku City Hotel" otelində keçiriləcək.


Tədbirin proqramı:


09:30 - 10:00  Qeydiyyat / coffee break


10:00 - 10:20  Best Soft МONT Azerbaijan şirkətlərinin çıxışı


10:20 - 10:45  “Buludda” işlərin effektivliyi


10:45 - 11:10  Coffee Break fasiləsi


11:10 - 11:30  Microsoft Azure: tətbiq olunmanın üstünlükləri və ssenarisi


11:30 - 12:00  1С: Müəssissələr: Həyata keçirmə təcrübəsi


12:00 - 12:30  1С sisteminin Microsoft Azur-a keçirilməsi


12:30 – 13:00  Nahar



Tarix: 19 Dekabr, 2019

Saat: 09:30

Məkan: Tbilisi pr. 34, Qafqaz City Hotel Baku,  2-ci mərtəbə


İştirak üçün qeydiyyatdan keçmək mütləqdir:


İştirak pulsuzdur. Qabaqcadan qeydiyyat mütləqdir. Yerlərin sayı məhduddur.
Xahiş edirik dekabr ayının 18-si saat 15:00-a kimi qeydiyyatdan keçəsiz.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 11:02

Negotiations in expanded format

The meeting of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, who is on an official visit in Azerbaijan, with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has started in Baku.



Official meeting ceremony took place at the square next to the residence of the Azerbaijan Republic President. A guard of honor was lined up. National anthems of Ukraine and Azerbaijan were played. 


After the meeting is over, negotiations between the delegations headed by Volodymyr  Zelensky and Ilham Aliyev will be held. Besides, bilateral agreements will be signed.



Moreover, the heads of states will make statements for media.





ExxonMobil prevailed Tuesday in its much-watched legal battle with the state of New York, beating back claims that it misled investors for years in how it calculated the financial risks of climate change.

The high-profile trial, which included testimony from former ExxonMobil chief executive and former secretary of state Rex Tillerson, marked the culmination of a four-year-old probe under three different New York attorneys general, during which Exxon handed over millions of documents about its internal dealings.

It is noteworthy that in recent years an activity of oil companies has been subjected to a number of court proceedings and focused attention of the community due to their position regarding the climate change.

Shell was a member of the Global Climate Coalition, a fossil fuel industry front group launched in 1988 to undermine the growing scientific consensus that global warming was a major global threat and was overwhelmingly caused by burning fossil fuels. The GCC was set up primarily to block international action to fight climate change and to build public support for delaying action in the U.S. The group disbanded in 2002.

Shell, Chevron, ExxonMobil and Total have spent more than $1 billion on misleading climate messaging and lobbying since 2015, according to a report published earlier this year by the United Kingdom-based research group Influence Map.

It bears reminding that according to ExxonMobil’s 2019 energy summary, by 2025 capacities on production of accumulators for electric vehicles will have to be increased by 50 times vs. the today’s rate. Total volume of demand for liquid fuel may constitute around the level of 2013. It is assumed that these measures in their turn will make it possible to lower oil-gas industry driven carbon emissions by 5%. 


Wednesday, 11 December 2019 11:10

Ilham Aliyev receives bp CEO

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received bp CEO Robert Dudley today, the press service of the head of state reports. It is supposed that issues, concerning bp’s activity in Azerbaijan, prospects of gas production increase and the related problem of delay in the Trans Adriatic gas pipeline’s commissioning which was rescheduled several times because of the route change within Italy, were discussed at the meeting. Besides, discussed was an issue associated with the coordination of the work on the global gas markets due to Brexit scheduled for the end of this year.

It is noteworthy that bp is an operator of two ongoing projects on development of ACG fields and Shah Deniz gas condensate field in the Caspian Sea. BP is also performing exploration operations at nearshore shallow-water areas, and is an operator of the deepwater “Araz”, “Alov”, “Sherg” mega project which has been “frozen” since 2001 and may contain up to 1 trillion cubic meters of natural gas.

Turkey is a main importer of Azerbaijani gas today. According to the data of the Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA), Turkey imported 46.3 bcm, 55.2 bcm, 50.3 bcm in 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively.

In 2019 gas production at Shah Deniz will total 17.389 billion cubic meters vs. 11.5 billion cubic meters fixed last year. Thus, gas production on this field will increase by 51% in 2019. The overall gas production in the country is expected at 36.3 billion cubic meters in 2019.


According to the State Statistical Committee of Azerbaijan, a total of 30.6 billion cubic meters of gas was produced in the republic in 2018. An 18.6% increase in gas production is expected at the end of 2019.

The contract on development of Shah Deniz field was signed in Baku on June 4, 1996 under the leadership of the National Leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev, and ratified by Milli Majlis on October 17 of the same year.

Parties to Shah Deniz project are as follows:  BP (operator, 28.8%), Petronas (15.5%), SOCAR (16.7%), LUKoil (10%), NICO (10%), TPAO (19%).

The phase I gas production on the field is carried out by Alfa platform, while the phase II production is performed by Bravo platform. 


December 9, 2019, Baku  On December 9, a ceremony of laying a foundation stone for a Helicopter Service and Repair Center was held at Zabrat airport.

The new Helicopter Service and Repair Center will be built within the framework of joint projects in accordance with the decisions of the Intergovernmental State Commission between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Russian Federation on Economic Cooperation Issues related to the development of civil aviation and will be the only such facility in the region. The project will be implemented jointly with JSC “Russian Helicopters”.

AZAL President Jahangir Asgarov and General Director of JSC “Russian Helicopters” Andrey Boginsky signed a corresponding agreement.

The ceremony was also attended by Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Shahin Mustafayev, Maxim Oreshkin, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian federation and Russian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mikhail Bocharnikov.

After getting acquainted with the territory allocated for construction, an official ceremony of laying the foundation stone was held and the participants placed the symbolic capsule into the foundation.

The project on creation of the Helicopter Service and Repair Center is a continuation of the economic policy of the President of Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev on development of the non-oil sector. The center will serve to strengthen bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Russia, as well as create new jobs for highly qualified specialists, will allow to cover not only the country’s fleet of helicopters used for various purposes, but also attract regional operators of Russian helicopters for repair at the future Service Center. 


In the first years of operation of the Service Center it is planned to repair 4-6 helicopters of various modifications, with the subsequent increase of production capacity up to 8-10 helicopters per year.

Creation of such a unique and competitive enterprise on the territory of Azerbaijan will be another key to the success of the development of small aviation in the country and training new personnel of aviation sector.

“Turkmengas” State Concern has selected an Italian company as its technical consultant for supervision and project support services relating to the Turkmen section of the TAPI gas pipeline. The contract, valued at around 13 million USD, covers technical advice and support services for the construction of a 214km of pipeline across Turkmenistan along with two compressor stations.

The 10 billion USD TAPI (Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India) pipeline will be 1814km long and run from Turkmenistan, through Afghanistan and Pakistan, to India. The Turkmenistan section of the pipeline project is the first of its kind for the country and has a budget of around one billion USD.

The TAPI project is financed by the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and, as with any major investment bank, the technical requirements to enter the tender process are very strict.

The TAPI pipeline will bring significant economic benefit to Turkmenistan. Its construction will be carried out in two phases and is expected to be completed in four years. The first phase will be the pipeline itself and the second will comprise the two compressor stations.