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15,000 Jobs to Be Created as Part of Shah Deniz Stage 2 Development

State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) is actively working on development of advanced welding technologies, which are an important component of the oil and gas sector.

Khalik Mammadov, SOCAR's Vice President on Human Resources, Regulations and Information Technologies, made these remarks at a seminar titled 'New technologies and materials in welding industry'.

He said SOCAR subdivisions currently employ over 2,000 welding area professionals.

"Development of this area is important in terms of implementing major projects in Azerbaijan. In particular, about 15,000 jobs will be created within Stage 2 development of the Shah Deniz gas and condensate field, some 4,000 or 5,000 jobs of these accounting for specialist welders," Mammadov said.

He also said the experts will play an important role in the construction of a new complex for oil and gas processing and petrochemical production.

Two offshore platforms will be installed and over 20 subsea wells will be drilled as part of Shah Deniz-2 in order to produce an additional 16 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

The forecasts show that the gas production will exceed 24 billion cubic meters per year within the second stage of the field's development.

The agreement participants include SOCAR with a 16.7 percent share, British BP (28.8 percent), Norway's Statoil (15.5 percent), Iran's NICO (10 percent), French Total (10 percent), Russia's Lukoil (10 percent) and Turkey's TPAO (9 percent).

Source: Trend.Az

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