Azerbaijan, Baku, March 10 / Trend /
In July, it is planned to begin operations on the construction of the upper modules of the new platform within the Chirag oil project (COP), which envisages oil production increase on offshore Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli fields' block in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea," the head of the draft COP Ilgar Mammadov said on TV Lider air.
"We have already begun preparations for the start of construction of the upper modules. In the near future, these preparations will be completed. And in July, we will begin construction of the upper modules," Mammadov said.
He said it is planned to begin construction of supporting block of this platform.
Mammadov said that construction of the bottom plate, designed for advanced drill 20 wells will be completed within the project. In June bottom plate will be installed in the sea in late May - early June.
The total cost of the project is estimated at six billion dollars, approximately four billion of which will be spent on construction of facilities and installations, as well as outstripping drilling. The remainder of funds will be expended on drilling wells, which will be produced in the production process.
For the implementation of marine and underwater operations repair and modernization of the crane-barge "Azerbaijan", pipeline vessel "Israfil Huseynov, the transport barge STB-01 will be carried out.
On Tuesday, Partners on the project to develop the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli block of offshore fields in Baku sanctioned Chirag oil project. Start first oil production in the project is scheduled for November 2013. The project is expected to get oil in 2013.
ACG participating interests are: BP (operator - 34.1 percent), Chevron (10.2 percent), SOCAR (10 percent), INPEX (10 percent), StatoilHydro (8.6 percent), ExxonMobil (8 percent), TPAO (6.8 percent), Devon (5.6 percent), ITOCHU (3.9 percent), and Delta Hess (2.7 percent).
Chirag oil project envisages construction of a new platform "West Chirag", construction of necessary pipelines and work on the platform on deepwater Guneshli. The platform will be installed at a depth of 170 meters between the already-running production platforms Chirag and Guneshli. The majority of construction within Chirag oil project will be implemented in Azerbaijan. In addition, the construction of the drilling platform module will be carried out in Azerbaijan, which for the previous projects was built abroad.
Estimated daily volume of oil production from the West Chirag platform will amount to 183,000 barrels. The expected daily volume of gas production from the new platform will be 229 million standard cubic feet (more than 6.5 million cubic meters). Estimated daily volume of gas injection into the layer on the platform will be 80 million standard cubic feet (about 2.3 million cubic meters).
Outstripping drilling under the project will cover the second half of 2010 - the first half of 2012. Dede Gorgud rig will perform the drilling.