By Adele Gallogly:
The first few days of the course have been a fascinating experience. Upon arriving at ADA University, I was very excited for the class to begin and loved getting the chance to discover the campus of ADA University. We have had a chance to hear from multiple excellent speakers on a range of topics. On Monday, July 7th, 2014 we heard from Dr. Manfred Hafner regarding the geological aspects of oil and natural gas production as well as from the Vice President of SOCAR on Geology, Geophysics, and Field Development. On Tuesday, July 8th, we had a chance to hear from the Deputy General Director of OGPC as well as guest speaker Ambassador Steven Mann. On Wednesday, July 9th a group of us had a chance to discover the Sangachal Oil Terminal and BTC pipeline. We had a fascinating experience getting a chance to visit the museum and view the source of major pipelines in the region.
On returning to the hotel we prepared for a reception where we had a chance to meet diplomats posted in Azerbaijan. It was great to meet representatives from different countries around the world and to hear more about their experiences in the country. We had a chance to try various delicious dishes. It was also very nice to get a chance to discover more of downtown Baku. On Thursday, July 10th, 2014 we had the opportunity to hear from Dr. Stephen Dow regarding the legal frameworks which are of significant importance in the exploration and production of energy resources. I am very much looking forward to the program of Friday, July 11th, on Energy and the Environment!