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SOCAR and Equinor confirm participation in Karabagh field

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World Pipelines,

On 30 March 2020, President of SOCAR Rovnag Abdullayev met with the Head of Equinor Representative Office in Azerbaijan, Fawad Quraishi. They discussed the issues related to the discovery of Karabagh oilfield and exchanged views on the prospective co-operation in new areas, including industrial safety.

On 19 March 2020, the parties confirmed the discovery of Karabagh field, a new field with 60 million t of oil reserves, as a result of a successful drilling operation. The Karabagh field is the first oilfield discovered during the independence period of Azerbaijan. During the 30 March meeting, Equinor Apsheron AS confirmed its sustainable participation in the development of Karabagh field, based on effective results.

During the meeting, SOCAR and Equinor Apsheron AS signed a new co-operation agreement in support of their commitment to develop and strengthen collaboration in industrial and fire safety, health and environment, motor transport safety and emergency response within independent and joint projects of the two companies. The parties agreed on sharing best practices, procedures, advanced expertise, and relevant documents with regard to management of industrial and fire safety, health and environment, motor transport safety, emergency response and land transport information on best practices that contribute to reduction of accident and injury rates, minimisation of the ecological footprint. The agreement also considers sharing practices and data as related to the use of international standards on industrial and fire safety, health and environment, motor transport safety and emergency response, exchanging experience in managing pollutant emissions, including greenhouse gas, as well as arranging and holding meetings, workshops, consultations and exchanging experience in the areas of mutual interest.

Norway’s Equinor (former Statoil) and SOCAR are co-operating in several projects, including the development of Karabagh oilfield, exploration and production in Ashrafi-Dan Ulduzu-Aypara prospects. The companies also hold shares in the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) oilfields in Azerbaijan.

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