20 years in business
President Heydar Aliyev signs decree No.844 establishing the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic, SOCAR.
Contract Of The Century
Azeri, Chirag and deepwater Guneshli (ACG) production sharing contract is signed by President Heydar Aliyev with a consortium of international oil companies, and ratified by Parliament. Because of the size and success of the project, this is hailed as the Contract of the Century.
The Shah Deniz Contract
The Shah-Deniz contract is signed between Heydar Aliyev and another international consortium, and ratified by Parliament. This production sharing contract would lead to Azerbaijan’s largest gas discovery.
1997 & 1999
ACG Starts Production
First oil from ACG field and the creation of export routes for Azeri crude through Novorossiysk in 1997, and later on through Supsa in 1999.
Access To The Mediterranean
After many years of negotiations, planning, as well as $4bn in investment, the new 1m bbl per day Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline allows Azerbaijan’s fast increasing oil production to be exported directly into the Mediterranean market.
First Gas From Shah Deniz
Gas production starts at Shah Deniz phase 1.
SOCAR Trading Created
Establishment of SOCAR Trading, benefiting SOCAR through optimizing the marketing of its system barrels in the Mediterranean and the global market. A Swiss company headquartered in Geneva, SOCAR Trading is a wholly-owned state entity that maintains the independence and global presence of a major commodities trading company.
Azeri Gas For Europe
Selection of the new Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) which will bring 10 bcm per year of Azeri gas from Shah Deniz phase 2 through Greece, Albania and into Italy by late 2018, as SOCAR increases its focus on natural gas.