“The International Caspian Oil & Gas Exhibition and Conference Incorporating Refining and Petrochemicals, which is the major oil and gas event in the Caspian region, celebrate its 25th anniversary of successful operation this year. The founding of the Caspian Oil & Gas exhibition coincided with the announcement of the new oil strategy developed under the wise guidance of our National Leader Heydar Aliyev in 1994, and this traditional event has been crucial to the development of the oil and gas sector of Azerbaijan and the Caspian region as a whole. Throughout this period, the continued staging of these exhibitions and conferences in Baku have played a special role in the implementation of strategic projects, of which Azerbaijan has been not only the initiator, but also a direct participant. These exhibitions and conferences have also been instrumental in presenting attractive initiatives to the international business community, speeding up integration into the global economy and establishing global partnerships. I am confident that this prestigious event will be valuable in terms of deepening mutual relations and will contribute to identifying the main development trends of your endeavours for the coming years”.

Ilham Aliyev
The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan


“The initial mission of the Caspian Oil & Gas Exhibition and Conference, which played an exceptional role in the implementation of the oil strategy initiated by the National Leader Heydar Aliyev, was to generate the interest of international companies in exploring energy resources of the Caspian Sea; whereas today this event has turned into an efficient platform for demonstrating achievements and favourable, profitable and multifaceted cooperation relationships. Throughout these years, the Caspian Oil & Gas Exhibition and Conference that has introduced Azerbaijan to the world as the hub of oil industry has turned into a regional event which is unique for its scale and content. The exhibition and conference has helped to create the glorious story about the development of oil and gas industry of Azerbaijan. This year’s exhibition and conference coincide with a period that marks the start of the next development stage for exploration of energy resources in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea; a period that is also accompanied with new contracts and projects. I firmly believe that the 25th International Caspian Oil & Gas Exhibition and Conference will become an efficient platform for discussing new ideas and cooperation proposals by bringing together government officials and oil and gas specialists from various countries of the world. These events will contribute to establishing new cooperation relationships between our countries and companies. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Organisers of this exhibition and conference. I also wish every success both to our permanent participants, who have been with us for the past 25 years, and debutants of this event”.

Parviz Shahbazov
Minister of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan


“Now a tradition, the Caspian Oil & Gas Exhibition and Conference has become one of the most significant events in the world’s oil industry, receiving notable attention from the global community every year. Largescale projects aimed at exploration, production, processing, and export of energy resources to the global markets, diversification of supply routes, and ensuring of energy security in the region rank at the top of the major innovations in the global energy industry. The advanced machinery and technology spotlighted at the exhibition and conference will certainly present great opportunities for the development of the global oil industry and will more clearly demonstrate the extent and importance of the projects we are implementing”.

Rovnag Abdullayev
SOCAR President


“I have participated in all international oil and gas exhibitions and conferences. Each regular exhibition and conference has climbed a step. The most interesting fact is that many people were inclined to expect a drop in popularity over time. But the history of the conference has shown the contrary: that interest in our forum did not decrease, but rather increased instead! Thanks to the high quality organisation of the event alongside the relevance and significance of the topics and reports, the conference has proven to be stable for 25 years, attracting hundreds of delegates from all over the world."

Khoshbakht Yusifzade
First Vice President at SOCAR


“I highly appreciate this conference. To be fair, the organisers have done a great job! The fact that this significant event is being hosted for the 25th time speaks for itself; only an outstanding and truly popular trade event could stay the course for so long on the geo-economic scene. The organisers have skilfully prepared the agenda to avoid any low-priority issues. Each and every topic in the programme is of immense importance for the oil and gas market in the future. Our organisation is highly interested in any issues related to the gas market. As the Secretary General, I represent the Forum of Gas Exporting Countries at this conference. We have always supported the Caspian Oil & Gas Conference, and I hope this trend continues in the future".

Yuri Sentyurin
Secretary General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum


“Every year, the conference becomes a focus for the world’s leading companies in the oil and gas industry. I believe that in the future this event will continue to play an important role. Japan’s willingness to contribute to the development of the region and to offer overall cooperation in important areas is ongoing”.

Daisaku Hiraki
Parliamentary Vice-Minister,
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan


“Twenty-five years is a quarter of a century, during which this most important industry forum has become a valuable tradition. The exhibition and conference bringing together participants from all over the world, also clearly demonstrates that Azerbaijan occupies an important place in the energy business, and the presence of important politicians at the event further demonstrates the importance of gas as a geopolitical tool. All the topics of the current conference seem very important to me, as they demonstrate different points of view and approaches to building a gas infrastructure. The value of this forum is that it gathers the leading players of the market, the professionals of their business. And this year the importance of the event was further strengthened thanks to the anniversary of the conference, and to the launch of the Southern Gas Corridor project, which marks a milestone in the development of gas supplies in the region and in Europe”.

Walter Peeraer
Trans-Adriatic Gas Pipeline (TAP AG)