Pres­i­dent Aliyev: Azer­bai­jan is birth­place of oil in­dus­try

Azer News - - Front Page - By Amina Nazarli

Azer­bai­jan, which has been linked with oil for cen­turies, be­came a fa­mous fron­trun­ner in the world's oil and gas in­dus­try in the 19th cen­tury. In 1846 more than a decade be­fore the Amer­i­cans made their fa­mous dis­cov­ery of oil in Penn­syl­va­nia - Azer­bai­jan drilled its first oil well in Bibi­hey­bat.

His­tor­i­cal sources and doc­u­ments, found in re­cent years in the Cen­tral State His­tor­i­cal Ar­chive of Rus­sia, also prove that the drilling of in­dus­trial wells in the world be­gan on Bibi­hey­bat.

Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev viewed on April 26 the newly re­con­structed well in SOCAR's Bibi­hey­bat field, the world`s first me­chan­i­cally drilled oil fa­cil­ity.

Ad­dress­ing the oil-men the head of state said that Azer­bai­jan is the birth­place of oil and the oil in­dus­try be­gan from here.

“To­day, when al­most 200 years have passed, Azer­bai­jan makes its voice heard in the world as an oil and gas coun­try,” the Pres­i­dent noted.

At that time Azer­bai­jan was part of tsarist Rus­sia and the nat­u­ral re­sources ex­tracted here did not par­tic­u­larly af­fect the wel­fare of Azer­bai­jani peo­ple, Pres­i­dent Aliyev said, adding that peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enced poverty then.

“The Azer­bai­jani peo­ple pos­sessed great wealth, but could not use it. Azer­bai­jan also proved it­self in the Soviet pe­riod as an oil re­pub­lic. With­out mer­its of Azer­bai­jani oil work­ers the re­sults of the Se­cond World War could be quite dif­fer­ent. The Azer­bai­jani oil in­dus­try played a de­ci­sive role in the vic­tory over fas­cism,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev said that this year Azer­bai­jan will cel­e­brate the ex­trac­tion of two bil­lion tons of oil. “Imag­ine if Azer­bai­jan was an in­de­pen­dent coun­try [at the time], now it would be one of the rich­est coun­tries in the world,” the head of state said.

Azer­bai­jan is a coun­try where first in­dus­trial method of oil pro­duc­tion was ap­plied.

“We knew that this was on the ter­ri­tory of Bibi­hey­bat, but now its ex­act lo­ca­tion has been iden­ti­fied and a won­der­ful mon­u­ment has been cre­ated here. I think that this is a great event for both oil­men and tourists ar­riv­ing in our coun­try,” he said. “It is a his­toric event. We are vis­ually demon­strat­ing to the whole world this his­tor­i­cal truth. I am sure that all guests com­ing to our coun­try will come here with great in­ter­est and make a pho­to­graph here on the back­ground of this rig,” he said.

To­day Azer­bai­jani oil serves our peo­ple and strength­ens our state, said Il­ham Aliyev.

“Look, the whole ter­ri­tory is still full of oil rigs, and the first well was drilled here. There are pho­tos, video footage of this ter­ri­tory. Th­ese are the frames of re­cent his­tory. There was a zone of eco­log­i­cal catas­tro­phe here. Ev­ery­thing from oil dams to old tow­ers was pol­luted with oil. Now this ter­ri­tory has turned into one of the most com­fort­able places of our city. That is, we use oil rev­enues for the de­vel­op­ment of our coun­try, in­vest in hu­man cap­i­tal and in­fra­struc­ture projects, and to­day oil pro­vides de­vel­op­ment of the Azer­bai­jani peo­ple,” he noted.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev stressed that Azer­bai­jan, which ex­ists for 25 years as an in­de­pen­dent state, is now stands firm on the ground.

“Oil is our nat­u­ral wealth, a great as­set of our peo­ple, and we, us­ing it, are de­vel­op­ing our coun­try. Of course, oil work­ers' work­ing here is also wor­thy of spe­cial eval­u­a­tion. I al­ways ap­pre­ci­ate the work of the oil work­ers, their courage. They work in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions and they work for the de­vel­op­ment of our coun­try. They strive to strengthen our coun­try with their la­bor,” Pres­i­dent said.

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