SOCAR to carry out seismic survey in a Caspian field
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 4 / Trend E.Ismayilov /
SOCAR (the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan) is likely to launch three-dimensional seismic research (3D) at prospective gas-condensate structure Bahar-2 in Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea, SOCAR's informed source said on July 4.
"Everything was prepared for launching operations. Vessels are currently painted after dock repair. As soon as ships are ready, operations will be launched at Bahar-2," source said.
3D seismic survey will be done in Bahar-2 by ships of Geophysic-1 and Baku.
The operations will take two or three months to complete. "We should conclude seismic survey in the Caspian Sea in this period, because later the weather conditions in the sea will not enable to do," source said.
It is necessary to research structure, conduct analyses of data and their interpretation to speak about volumes of reserves and any operations, the source said earlier.
SOCAR study prospective offshore structures, especially Bahar-2 to increase volumes of gas production in the country.
Bahar-1 field is unique field. Its reserves developed well. Roughly 16-17 million cubic meters of natural gas was extracted from this field in 1980s. These volumes provided 30-40 percent of the country's needs in gas. SOCAR independently develops Bahar field.
SOCAR considers opportunity to create a new underground gas-holder in this filed.
SOCAR deals with gas production in Azerbaijan owing to own means. Most part of gas extracted by SOCAR is directed to meet demand on the Azerbaijani domestic market. Part of gas is exported to Georgia.
Gas is also extracted at Shah Deniz field by foreign partners under participation of SOCAR and technical operation of BP. Gas is supplied to the Azerbaijani market, as well as exported to Georgia and Turkey via South-Caucasian gas pipeline. Azerbaijan also gets casing-head gas extracted by Azerbaijani international operation company at Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli bloc of fields
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