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Geology Institute of Azerbaijan

General Information

Geology Institute of Azerbaijan (GIA) was formed in 1938 and now it is the largest scientific institution in Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS) wholly occupied with fundamental researches, as well as applied developments in various fields of geology, geophysics, geochemistry, ecogeology and other Earth sciences. There are 23 research departments and 2 laboratories, Natural-Historical Museum after H. Zardabi, Centre of geodynamic research & seismic monitoring (formed in 2003 by CRDF grant, USA), National Data Centre (formed in 2002 within Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban-Treaty Organization ratified by Azerbaijan on the 2nd February, 1999), and 13 functional subdivisions. The Institute’s staff consists of 267 scientific fellows, among them 4 Academicians, 9 Associate Members of ANAS and 157 Doctors of Science and Ph.Ds.

Institute’s focus

Institute’s areas of core competencies include the following:

  • Study of hydrocarbon systems & basin modeling;
  • Study of mud volcanism phenomenon;
  • Complex study of the Caspian sea geology;
  • Study of ore & non-ore economic minerals fields;
  • Theory & practice of oil & gas fields development;
  • Environmental geology;
  • Analysis and management of natural & technogenic hazards.

Among other important areas of research are:

  • Oil & gas geology & geochemistry;
  • Genesis and formation of oil & gas fields;
  • Petrology & metallogeny;
  • Geotectonics & geodynamics;
  • Paleontology & stratigraphy;
  • Hydrogeology & engineering geology;
  • Seismology;
  • Tectonophysics & mining mechanics;
  • Paleomagnetism;
  • Petrophysics;
  • Mining-geological research and geological basis for oil & gas fields development;
  • Experimental research of rock mechanics;
  • Physics, chemistry & hydrogasdynamics of beds;
  • Methods of oil production increase and oil & gas recovery predictions;
  • Technique & economics for hydrocarbon resources production;
  • Mining legislation.

Valuable Technology Offerings

  • Innovation products of geological content – atlases, maps, database & so on;
  • Method of study, quantitative & qualitative assessments of neotectonic movements;
  • Technology for products obtaining from geomaterials applied in building & other branches of industry;
  • Ecologically pure geotechnologies of metal production for economic mineral fields;
  • Computer programs (software) for processing of geological-geophysical data;
  • New methods & technologies for the increase of oil recovery of beds & wells production;
  • Geological models and methods of prediction for changing properties of natural oil & gas reservoirs, etc.

Scientific Cooperation and Technology Transfer

GIA collaborates with Int. Scientific Centres and Institutes:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (US);
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City (US);
  • University of South Carolina, Columbia (US);
  • University of Toronto (CA);
  • University of Birmingham (UK);
  • University of Aberdeen (UK);
  • Universite P.&M. Curie, Paris (FR);
  • Friedrich-Schiller Universitat, Jena (DE);
  • GeoForschungZentrum, Potsdam (DE);
  • Delft University of Technology (NL);
  • Pavia University (IT);
  • Bolonya University, Bologna (IT);
  • Sofia University (BU);
  • Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca (RO);
  • Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana (SI);
  • Institute of Nuclear Physics, Krakow (PL);
  • Ankara University (TU);
  • Moscow State University (RU);
  • Georgian State University, Tbilisi (GE), and others.

Institute has longterm experience of work based on contracts with leading oil companies in the world, such as BP, ConocoPhilips, Statoil, ChevronTexaco, ExxonMobil, Shell, Unocal, Total, Elf, Agip, LUKOIL and others.

Contact Details

Akif A. Ali-Zadeh
Academician, Director
Address: 29A H. Javid Av., AZ1143 Baku, Azerbaijan
Tel: (+994 12) 497 5286
Fax: (+994 12) 497 5285
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Dr. Vagif Ibrahimov
Chief Technology Commercialization Officer
Phone: +(994 12) 439 3820; 050 250 1468
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