Orkhan Guliyev, BP’s area operations manager for Chirag and Deepwater Gunashli, was appointed vice president for safety and operational risk for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey effective from June 15, the BP spokeswoman Tamam Bayatli told Trend.
In this position Guliyev will replace Robert Watt who has elected to retire from BP at the end of July 2016 after a distinguished career of almost 37 years with the company.
Guliyev will become a member of the AGT regional leadership team and will be accountable for an independent view of the regional operational risks and implementation of assurance activity to verify the strength of barriers against risks.
This is in line with BP’s nationalization plan for Azerbaijan.
Over the past 20 years with BP, Guliyev has built up deep experience of operations and major projects in the AGT region. Prior to his current position, he worked offshore as the operations team leader and the offshore installation manager.
Guliyev has also worked as project engineer and project manager throughout the development of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC), South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP) and Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli (ACG) projects, including assignments to engineering offices in the UK.
Guliyev holds a Master’s degree in civil engineering from the Azerbaijan Civil Engineering University and a PhD in gas flow dynamics from the Azerbaijan Oil Academy.
He also holds a Henley Diploma in Oil and Gas Industry Management. In 2014, Guliyev graduated from the Operations Academy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, the US.
In 2009, he was awarded the Progress medal by the president of Azerbaijan for his significant contribution to the development of the oil and gas industry in Azerbaijan.
Guliyev is married and has two children.