SOCAR commissions two vessels to support oil and gas offshore operations (UPDATE) (PHOTO)
Editor's Note: technical features of ships have been added
Azerbaijan, Baku, September 20 / Trend E. Ismayilov /
The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) put into operation the renovated crane vessel Qurban Abbasov and the ship Caspian Power on Monday to operate within BUE Caspian alliance, with SOCAR president Rovnag Abdullayev and other senior representatives of the company attending the launch ceremony.
The commissioning ceremony was timed to coincide with Oil Worker's Day, marked in Azerbaijan on Sept. 20.
The Qurban Abbasov crane vessel has been modernized to create favorable conditions for 150-200 people to work and live on it. The ship is 141 meters long and 54 meters wide. The total capacity of the crane mechanism is 600 tons and the payload deck can handle 1,200 tons.
The Chinese-made Caspian Power is 72.5 meters long, 17 meters wide and has a 12,240 horsepower engines. The vessel will serve the platform on Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli block of offshore oil fields and the Shah Deniz gas field in Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea.
These vessels will participate in supporting oil and gas offshore operations in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea.
BUE Caspian and SOCAR have operated for more than 10 years and provided maintenance services for vessels in the Caspian Sea. The alliance has spent over $300 million to purchase the ships during this period. These ships will remain at SOCAR's disposal for use in the Caspian Sea in the future.