Autor:Deyanet Hasanov

Under the contract, 80% of the profits from deposits left Bahar Enerji Limited, and 20% most of SOCAR
Baku met early 2014. protests. In the known once as the oil capital city of the world, this time it began to protest oil. And to be precise, the 200 oil workers were protesting against layoffs.

It is about the dismissed employees of oil fields Bahar – «Bahar» and Qum-Dəniz – «Gum-Deniz“. One of the lost jobs – Etibar Kovserov, committed suicide six months after termination of employment. His wife Sevinj Kovserova said that the worst thing to her husband acted that he was fired after 30 years of work, and to protect their rights, he was powerless:

„After his discharge, he stayed at home for days, I did not go anywhere. On the day when it happened, it took me. When I got home and saw … still stands in front of me. “

The reason for dismissal Etibar Kovserova specified the same as that of the other: the completion of the employment contract. The new contract with have worked in these fields Kovserovym 30 years was signed in 2010, when the „Bahar“ and „Gum-Dyaniz“ were handed over to foreign companies.

shrouded in mystery

The above-mentioned fields were put into operation in 1955 and 1969 and until 2009 were subordinated to SOCAR – SOCAR.

Nihad Aliyev

In December 2009, in accordance with the decree of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, SOCAR and Bahar Enerji Limited signed an agreement on exploration, recovery and operation, as well as the distribution of units produced unit of production, which includes deposits „Bahar“ and „Gum Deniz“.

According to the agreement, 80 percent of the profits from these mestorozhdeniyay left Bahar Enerji Limited, and 20 percent of the SOCAR.

During a brief discussion of the treaty in parliament of Azerbaijan, was made a lot of questions about the lack of protection of Azerbaijan’s interests against possible damage, the person who is hiding under the name of the foreign company and the fate of employees. However, these questions were not answered, and the document was quickly approved by the Parliament. Thus, the share fixed in the contract company Bahar Enerji Limited exceeded the shares of companies previously signed 5 similar contracts in Azerbaijan.

Project to Combat Organized Crime (Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project – OCCRP) AzadlygRadiosu and with the participation of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, revealed the facts hidden behind the company Bahar Energy Limited.

Documents The study found that two people with ties to the State Oil Company – SOCAR, which is engaged in the sale of state-owned oil on behalf of the state, taking advantage of their connections, have signed an agreement. Who proved to be the beneficiary of this agreement, for a long time remained a mystery.

Behind this veil of mystery lurking in-law names the current president of SOCAR, SOCAR, Rovnag Abdullayev – Adam Aliyev and head of the Research Institute of oil and gas projects – Fakhraddin Ismailov. They are among the first directors of the company «Rafi Oil», which is a co-founder of the company, Bahar Energy.

Anar Aliyev, ADAM Aliyev, Fakhraddin Ismailov

The event, which took place with Bahar Energy, may be able to shed light on the unknown public tranches that have been implemented over the last 10 years in these 2 fields.

A series of documents that are found OCCRP and AzadlygRadiosu shows that Adam Aliyev and Fakhraddin Ismailov in 2008 sold his company Anar Aliyev, whose name is associated with 50 companies, and raises many questions both in Azerbaijan and in the world. Anar Aliyev is also a partner in business Fakhraddin Ismailov. But more on that later…

Фахраддин Исмаилов (слева)
Let’s go back to the emergence of Bahar Energy in Azerbaijan.

When the Parliament of Azerbaijan in 2010, ratified the agreement, it provided an opportunity to Bahar Energy to receive 80% of profits. While less than 50% in other contracts signed by SOCAR profit private companies.

Several opposition MPs have failed to prevent the ratification of the treaty, which gave precedence profit Bahar Energy, but tried to find out who profit from this contract.

After the report was released, SOCAR officials said they did not know the 35-year-old businessman, Anar Aliyev.

You can read SOCAR’s report on complicated business relations with Anar Aliyev here.

So far, Global Witness has not reacted to SOCAR’s latest statement.


At a hearing in the parliament in April 2010, MP Panah Huseyn asked about who is behind the company from the UAE. The planned capacity of wells in which the contract had been transferred to the operation of Bahar Energy, was 4629 barrels of oil daily. At today’s prices that means about half a million dollars every day.

The company Bahar Energy Limited was established in the United Arab Emirates, October 21, 2009, just two months before the signing of the Order of the President of the company.

When to create a company co-founders were RAFI OIL, Baghlan Group and Greenfields Petroleum Corporation. The share of each company accounted for 33.3%.

Baghlan Group owner Hafiz Mammadov is known as a business person engaged in the transportation business. It is also known for his interest in the business of football and

football clubs, including, he is one of the advertising sponsors of the club Atletico Madrid. In close circles he is known by the nickname „Hafka“. Hafiz Mammadov sponsored the appearance of the inscription «Azerbaijan: Land of fire» – «Azerbaijan: The country of fire“ on T-shirts the players of the club, „Atletico Madrid“, which players are still.

Hafiz Mammadov (right), Minister of Transport Ziya Mammadov (left)

Hafiz Mammadov wanted to buy English football club «Sheffield Wednesday», although he did not succeed. However, the French football club «Lens» he still bought, albeit with some difficulty. So, Mammadov has not paid the agreed time deposit of $ 18 million to the budget of the club and thus violated the period established by the French Football Federation. Later he explained this by the fact that banks do not work weekends.

Local media write that business Hafiz Mammadov develops not so good. The articles of deposits „Bahar“ and „Gum Deniz“ is also largely inclined his name. However, the names of the other companions remain in secret.

Another co-founder of Bahar Energy is Greenfields Petroleum Corporation.
Greenfields Petroleum Company, with headquarters in Houston, Texas, is engaged in the development of oil and gas fields. However, the company is registered in the Cayman Islands, which have long been considered to be a tax haven.

Greenfields stated that in the first quarter of 2014 it earned 896 million. Dollars, while losing 3.8 million. Dollars for Bahar Energy. The owner «Baghlan» Group Hafiz Mammadov now apparently faced with even greater challenges than ever wanted to buy football clubs.