Karim Shakouri, TWI’s Azerbaijan country manager was delighted to attend an official
ceremony at Gobustan Regional Training and Education Centre in Baku. This centre
of excellence will now deliver competency training to SOCAR’s welders and inspectors,
as well as external personnel in the oil and gas sector and is a collaboration between
SOCAR, State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic, and TWI.
This timely initiative is in response to the increase in new projects in the oil
and gas sector, such as Shah Denize No II and the OGPC project, where the demand
for manpower is expected to be in the region of 15,000 personnel. The news comes
with the increased awareness of the country’s policy of recruiting local manpower
After the opening ceremony, SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev said that: “the specialised
workers will be recruited to work at the major oil and gas projects in Azerbaijan”.
SOCAR’s vocational education centres play a crucial role in the development of the
oil and gas industry in Azerbaijan, and their efforts have been highly appreciated
by BP's Regional President for Azerbaijan, Gordon Birrell, and Azerbaijan's Education
Minister Mikayil Jabbarov, who formally recognised their contributions in the opening
ceremony. Students at the unrivalled Gobustan Regional Training and Education Centre
will benefit from its unique, state-of-the-art equipment that utilises the latest
technologies in the world. The Centre offers a diverse range of courses and has
a capacity for up to 800 students.
Farshid Alizadeh, TWI’s regional manager for Central Asia and Karim Shakouri were
officially introduced to the SOCAR and BP (Azerbaijan) presidents at the ceremony
as the key partners in delivering welding, non-destructive testing (NDT) and inspection
training. Having received accredited training from TWI, students can then go on
to achieve the internationally recognised
CSWIP (Certification Scheme for Personnel) certifications. The Centre launched
its first courses on 1 November, 2013.
The Centre operates under Fuad Suleymanov, Chief of Training, Education and Certification
Department of SOCAR, and his team.
Find out more about SOCAR. For any further enquiries or to book a course, please
contact Karim Shakouri of TWI Azerbaijan.
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