BP: START-UP OF SHAH DENIZ 2 OFFSHORE AZERBAIJAN
BP and its partners announced the start-up of Shah Deniz 2 on 30th June 2018, including its first commercial gas delivery to Turkey.
The BP-operated $28 billion project is the first subsea development in the Caspian Sea. At plateau, Shah Deniz 2 is expected to produce 16 billion cubic metres of gas per year (bcma) incrementally to current Shah Deniz production.
Offshore, the project includes 26 subsea wells, a subsea production system, two bridge-linked offshore platforms and 500 km of subsea flowlines. The gas is transported to the onshore Sangachal terminal near Baku, which had new processing and compression facilities installed as part of the project. The project also includes expansion of the South Caucasus Pipeline in Azerbaijan and Georgia, and two new compressor stations and a metering station in Georgia.
Shah Deniz 2 is the starting point for the Southern Gas Corridor series of pipelines that will deliver natural gas from the Caspian Sea direct to European markets for the first time from 2020.
“Shah Deniz 2 is one of the biggest and most complex new energy projects anywhere in the world, comprising major offshore, onshore and pipeline developments. BP and our partners have safely and successfully delivered this multi-dimensional project as designed, on time and on budget.” – Bob Dudley, BP group chief executive
At plateau, Shah Deniz 2 is expected to produce 16 billion cubic meters of gas per year (bcma) incrementally to current Shah Deniz production. Together with output from the first phase of development, total production from the Shah Deniz field will be up to 26 bcma (Billion Cubic Meters per Annum) of gas and up to 120,000 barrels of condensate a day.
Offshore, the Shah Deniz 2 project includes 26 subsea wells, 500km of subsea pipelines and flowlines and two new bridge-linked platforms. Gas is transported onshore through a 85 km pipeline to the Sangachal terminal near Baku, which underwent a major expansion to accommodate the new increased gas output. The project also includes the new South Caucasus pipeline expansion – 428km of new pipeline in Azerbaijan and 59km in Georgia, including two new compressor stations carrying Shah Deniz gas to Turkey. (Source and image BP / Shah Deniz 2 onshore pipeline)
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