Azerbaijan, Baku, March 30 / Trend E.Ismayilov /
The State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) has put into operation a new water desalination Ex-OSMOS on the Chilov Island in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea. The device is intended to desalinate sea water and meet the island's drinking and household water needs. The island has about 1,000 residents.
SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev attended the opening ceremony.
The capacity of the new unit is 300 cubic meters of seawater per day.
Abdullayev said the island's daily water demand is 200-250 cubic meters per day and these volumes are covered by the company's vessels.
"The new plant will create conditions for the island's population to have drinking and household water," he added.
Previously, two desalination plants - KU-200 with a capacity of 200 cubic meters each - were built on the island. About 15,000 trees and shrubs were planted as part of the "Year of Environment."
Today, another 1,000 trees were planted during the the SOCAR president's visit to the island.
The Chilov field is located on the island of the same name in the southwestern waters of the Absheron archipelago, and partly in the coastal zone. The field was commissioned in 1948. Commercial development had been carried out since 1952. Ever since, 115 wells have been drilled on the field and 4.81 million tons of oil have been produced. The field's daily production is 70 tons. The field is developed by Azneft's May 28 Oil And Gas PU owned by SOCAR.
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