KCA Deutag Awards Scholarships for Azerbaijan Students

KCA DEUTAG has awarded six KCA DEUTAG Scholarships to students of the Azerbaijan State Oil Academy.

The recipients were Miri Abdurahmanov and Ogtay Suleymanov from the Drilling Engineering Department; Alakbar Rahimov and Seyfali Mukhtarov from the Electrical Engineering Faculty; and Ilkin Mammadov and Emin Mammadov from the Mechanical Engineering Faculty.

George Siler, BP Vice President for Full Field Development, made the award at the Abbot Group reception, held annually at the Caspian Oil Show. The UK Government Minister, Brian Wilson and representatives from BP, the British Government, the Azerbaijani Government, the Azerbaijani State Oil Academy, SOCAR and other companies and organizations attended the event.

This is the sixth award of the annual KCA DEUTAG Scholarship Program, which includes a monthly allowance to assist the students to complete their studies and English language training. Upon successful completion of the Program, students will visit KCA DEUTAG offices in Aberdeen to familiarise themselves with KCA DEUTAG's drilling operations and other Scottish oilfield companies.

The 2002 KCA DEUTAG Scholarship students have recently returned from a trip to Aberdeen where they visited KCA DEUTAG facilities, a North Sea offshore platform installation, several oilfield manufacturers and service companies and obtained the necessary information to assist them in completing their degree theses.

"KCA DEUTAG expects to recruit a large number of Azerbaijani nationals over the next three years and the Scholarship Program is the company's foundation stone for recruiting and training high quality, motivated graduates who will in time assume senior positions in Azerbaijan within our engineering and operations groups," commented Brian Taylor, MD of KCA DEUTAG Drilling Ltd.